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KOFIC Hosted Korean Film Night in Berlin
Feb 27, 2018
- Writerby Pierce Conran
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The Korean Film Council (KOFIC - Chairman, OH Seok Geun) hosted its ‘Korean Film Night’ event during the 68th Berlin International Film Festival at the Korean Culture Center in Berlin at 8pm on Monday, February 19. The event was put on to celebrate the Korean films invited to this year’s Berlinale and to promote exchanges between Korean filmmakers and film professionals from around the world.
The ceremony began with a brief collection of film clips from the Korean films invited to this year’s edition, each of which were met with applause. KOFIC Vice Chairman LEE Joon-dong then took to the stage to encourage filmmakers “to make good films in peace and that seek out hope”. Bumgoo JONG, the Korean ambassador to Germany then came up to offer his words of congratulations to the filmmakers.
Among the main Korean guests at the event were director KIM Ki-duk and actors Mina FUJII and LEE Sung-jae from the film Human, Space, Time and Human, invited to this year’s ‘Panorama Special’ program, SHIN Dong-seok and SUNG You-bin, the director and star of ‘Forum’ invitee Last Child (2017), and several domestic festival chairmen, including Jay JEON of the Busan International Film Festival, LEE Choong-jik of the Jeonju International Film Festival, CHOI Yong-bae of the Bucheon International Fantastic Film Festival (BiFan), KIM Sun-ah of the SEOUL International Women’s Film Festival and KIM Hong-joon of the Chungmuro International Musical Film Festival (CHIMFF).
Among foreign guests in attendance were Christoph Terhechte, head of the Forum program at the Berlin International Film Festival, programmer Benjamin Ilos of the Directors’ Fortnight at the Cannes Film Festival, Alberto Barbera, director of the Venice International Film Festival, Carlo Chatrian, artistic director of the Locarno International Film Festival and representatives from the Sitges International Fantastic Film Festival, BFI London Film Festival, Singapore International Film Festival and San Sebastian International Film Festival, among many others.
Two of the Korean films in the Forum section of Berlinale this year, SHIN Dong-seok’s Last Child (2017) and PARK Ki-yong’s Old Love (2017), were recipients of KOFIC’s Independent Film Production Support.
Furthermore, the Korean Film Council operated a Korean Film Center booth during the European Film Market (EFM), which took place from February 14-23.