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Vesoul Hosting ‘South Korea: Cinema and Literature’ Retrospective

Feb 03, 2016
  • Writerby Pierce Conran
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The Vesoul International Festival of Asian Cinema will return on February 3rd. For its 22nd edition, the festival will host 18 films from South Korea, including 16 in a special retrospective dedicated to cinematic adaptations of Korean literature.
Looking at new films first, Vesoul will welcome CHO Chang-ho’s indie drama Another Way into its feature competition section. CHO’s film debuted at the Busan International Film Festival last October. HONG Sang-soo’s 2012 title In Another Country has also been invited to the ‘Between Far East and West’ program.
The ‘South Korea: Cinema and Literature’ retrospective will highlight select works that were brought to the screen, including SHIN Sang-ok’s Mother And A Guest (1961), KIM Soo-yong’s The Seashore Village (1965), JANG Sun-woo’s A Petal (1996) and LEE Chang-dong’s Secret Sunshine (2007), based on novels by, respectively, JU Yo-sup, OH Young-su, CHOI Yun and YI Chung-jun. In an introductory note, Vesoul explains that “Korean literature had its fate dictated with the hazards of history, while it kept listening to the people. With their reinterpretation of western literary trends on a Korean context, modern writers established a quite unique literary heritage of its kind.”
Korean films to have won Vesoul’s top prize, the Cyclo d’Or, include ZHANG Lu’s Grain In Ear (2006), O Muel’s Jiseul (2013), LEE Yong-seung’s 10 Minutes (2014).
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