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Korean Arthouse Auteurs Heat Up Fall Festival Circuit

Oct 04, 2016
  • Writer by Pierce Conran
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ZHANG Lu, HONG Sang-soo and KIM Ki-duk Find Favor in San Sebastian, Busan

Korea’s top commercial filmmakers have been drawing plenty of notice this year, but the fall season has also welcomed a bevy of new titles from some of Korea’s most acclaimed arthouse filmmakers, with several selections and awards already recorded around the globe.

Earlier this month, HONG Sang-soo nabbed his first ever award at the San Sebastian International Film Festival when his latest film Yourself and Yours had its European premiere there, netting him the Silver Shell for Best Director. The film, which stars KIM Joo-hyuk and LEE Yoo-young, debuted at the Toronto International Film Festival and will go on release in Korea at some point in November. 

Following last year’s omnibus Love and…, ZHANG Lu returns to the Busan International Film Festival (BIFF) this year as the director of the opening film A Quiet Dream. The film stars HAN Ye-ri as a woman with three potential suitors, played by acclaimed filmmakers YANG Ik-june, PARK Jung-bum and YOON Jong-bin.

KIM Ki-duk also returns to Busan with THE NET, in which RYOO Seung-bum plays a North Korean fisherman who accidentally drifts south of the DMZ. The film debuted at the Venice International Film Festival and also screened at Toronto this month.

The 21st edition of BIFF kicks off on October 6th.

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