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Berlinale Panorama Adds Two from Korea

Feb 01, 2016
  • Writerby Pierce Conran
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With the Panorama section now complete, the 66th Berlin International Film Festival will now welcome two more Korean films, in addition to YOON Ga-eun’s Generations selection The World of Us. E J-yong’s latest film The Bacchus Lady and LEE Dong-ha’s documentary Weekends will make the trip to Germany next month.
Produced by the Korean Academy of Film Arts (KAFA), The Bacchus Lady features legendary actress YOUN Yuh-jung as a poor and elderly prostitute working in a park in Central Seoul. She begins to take care of a Filipino immigrant’s young son when she is taken into custody and then unwittingly becomes an aide for lonely men looking to end their lives. E J-yong, who has worked twice before with YOUN on The Actresses (2009) and Behind the Camera (2013), most recently made the melodrama My Brilliant Life (2014).
Also in Panorama will be Weekends, a documentary chronicling the ten-year anniversary concert of G-Voice, Korea’s only gay vocal group. The non-fiction work received Independent Film Production Support from the Korean Film Council (KOFIC) last year.
The Panorama section will also include the British documentary The Lovers and the Despot (dir. Rob Cannan, Ross Adam), which follows the story of classic Korean filmmaker SHIN Sang-ok and actress CHOI Eun-hee who was also his wife, who were kidnapped by North Korean leader KIM Jong-il in Hong Kong in 1978 and remained in the reclusive nation for the next eight years.
The 66th Berlinale will unspool over February 11-19.
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