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Fantasia Hails A TAXI DRIVER for Closing Slot

Jul 13, 2017
  • Writer by Pierce Conran
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Gwangju Uprising drama A Taxi Driver, featuring SONG Kang-ho and Thomas Kretschmann, has been selected as the closing film of this year’s Fantasia International Film Festival. Directed by JANG Hun, the work will join Cannes midnighter The Villainess, which was already announced as the opening film, as well as 12 other features and shorts from Korea at the Montreal festival.

Due for release in Korea on August 2nd, where it is already getting strong notice from critics, A Taxi Driver tells the real story of a German journalist who came to Korea with the aim of covering protests that break out in Gwangju in May of 1980. He hires a taxi driver to take him there and back again but neither could have anticipated the historical events they would encounter.

Top star SONG is currently on a run of hits that include Snowpiercer (2013), The Face Reader (2013), The Attorney (2013), The Throne (2015), and The Age of Shadows (2016) which have each attracted over six million viewers. Director JANG is known for Rough Cut (2008), Secret Reunion (2010), which also starred SONG, and The Front Line (2011).

Also in Fantasia will be timeslip thriller A Day, which screens in competition, NK action-thriller Confidential Assignment, VR action-thriller Fabricated City, mystery-thriller House of the Disappeared, animation The Senior Class, cop comedy The Sheriff in Town and sports drama SPLIT (2016). Invited animated shorts include Cook Cook Cook, Ho Gu, Lovescream, Rainbow and Scarecrow Island.

JUNG Byung-gil’s action revenge tale The Villainess will open Fantasia on July 13th before A Taxi Driver brings down the curtain on August 2nd.
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