Lee Nan-young, who is famous for ‘Tears in Mokpo,’ made her debut at OK Records in 1930s, and married Kim Hae-song, an acclaimed, genius composer at that time. In those years of liberation at 1945, 'KPK Musical Troupe' won popularity with duo of Lee Nan-young and Kim Hae-song, but Kim got kidnapped to North Korea. During the Korean War, Lee made Korea’s first girls vocal group ‘Kim Sisters’ with her daughters Suk-ja, Ae-ja and her niece Min-ja who inherited their parents’ musical talent. For Lee’s desperate effort and intense training, ‘Kim Sisters’ caught popularity at the American 8th Army base. They also got through to Las Vegas, USA for the first time as Asians, making strong appeal to American public. Min-ja of Kim Sister is still working as a singer at Budapest, Hungary. Audience can meet three shy girls who fluently sang songs in English without even knowing the language, through the remembrance of Min-ja in the film.
World Music Film Today (International Competition)
World Music Film Today introduces latest films across all genres in which music plays a central role. The jury of five international members will select two films to receive the Grand Award and the Special Jury Award, which are accompanied by $10,000 and $5,000 prizes. This year’s competition is marked by high-quality drama films such as < Beatles > from Norway, < Kara-Orchestra > from Taiwan, < Max & Lenny > and < The Bélier Family > from France, < Whisper If I Forget > from Turkey, and < The Trumpet > from China. In addition to the six drama films, < Keep on Keepin’on >, an American documentary film about a blind yet genius young jazz pianist, will be screened. Through various films of all subjects and genres that feature music as a means of communication, this section provides a snapshot of the latest trends in world music films.
This section introduces musical films, films of various genres that feature music or musicians, and contemporary drama films in which music has been used crucially for the development of the drama. This year presents a number of films that captivate audiences with both cinematic pleasure and touching music. < Jimi: All Is by My Side > features Jimi Hendrix’s life and music, and < I'm Dead But I Have Friends > portrays the delightful friendship of middle-aged Belgian band members. < Do Not Disturb > a French comedy, depicts a jazz fanatic who cannot enjoy the rare jazz album he obtained because one thing after another intervenes in his day. < Dessau Dancers > staged in 1985 East Germany, portrays young dancers fascinated by breakdancing, and < Mix Tape > tells a story surrounding a music tape recorded in the memory of past love.
KOREAN MUSIC FILM NOW
The sudden taste for music films that struck the Korean film industry in the mid-2000s has now become a firm trend. Korean Music Film Now presents a number of documentaries on music and musicians. < The Piano > tells the story of a blind girl who finds her genius as a pianist, and < Incheon Waltz, the Community Musical > illustrates the production process of a musical theatre that was led by public participants from planning to performance. < Summer of Ibaraki > features third generation Korean Japanese learning Korean traditional music and dance to participate in a Japanese folk music festival. Besides < Black Gospel 2 > a sequel to < Black Gospel > that attracted significant attention in the 9th Film Festival, 10 short music films are in the list for screening.
THEME & VARIATIONS
Inspired by variation, a creative process in classical music in which the composer modifies an original theme according to his or her imagination, the Theme & Variations section brings together both latest and preexisting works dealing with a particular topic, such as a musical genre or a region, in order to achieve an in-depth understanding of that topic. This year’s special focus is on ballet, an elegant and beautiful dance form inseparable from music. Presenting Agnès Letestu, the famed ballerina of Paris Opera Ballet, and Ulyana Lopatkina, the prima ballerina of Mariinsky Theatre in St. Petersburg, < Agnes Letestu - A Shining Star > and < Ulyana Lopatkina, A Russian Star > captivate the audience in awe-inspiring beauty and excite even the most sophisticated connoisseur. < Mao's Last Dancer > a drama film on a Chinese ballerina, and < Maiko: Dancing Child > a portrayal of a Japanese ballerina Maiko dancing in the Norwegian National Ballet, are also scheduled for screening. In addition, < Nutcracker > and < Giselle > produced by Seoul Arts Center which has an MOU with Jecheon, will be screened free for Jecheon citizens.