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  • Parisiens Show Interest in Korean Cinema
  • by JANG Sung-ran /  Nov 06, 2012
  • 7th Paris Korean Film Festival opens
    Paris, which had its hottest summer this year, is once again experiencing the heat of Korean films this fall as the 7th Paris Korean Film Festival unfolds. The event opened on October 30th and Masquerade, the opening film, was sold out with other screenings also proving very popular. Q and A sessions following screenings are helping to satisfy the audience's curiosity and the event is fulfilling the role of bridging the cultural gap between the two nations.
    The festival closes on November 6th and is held at the Cinéma Saint-André des Arts. The event is organized by Association 1886, a group of young Koreans who are passionate about Korean cinema and is supported by the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism, the Korean Film Council as well as the Korean Film Archive. The films chosen have received international acclaim at major festivals and programmers in charge of different sections picked them, creating a unique program for the event. The festival serves to introduce more Korean films to French film fans.
    On the 3rd, JEONG Jae-eun, director of Talking Architect, attended the Q and A session after the screening of her film which many audience members enjoyed. An attendee asked her why this documentary is so different from her other films, JEONG said she originally wanted to portray an architect creating a building but when she got to know JUNG Ki-yong she decided to make a documentary instead.
    Another question posed was how she felt about the architect's family being at the screening. The director answered that JUNG may have been a bad father and a bad husband but that she felt that his bereaved family must feel proud of him as a historic figure in architecture. After the Q and A, director JEONG moved to the official festival bar, Venus Noire, where she continued the discussion.
    At the closing ceremony, director CHOI Dong-hoon of The Thieves as well as actor LEE Jung-jae are set to visit. The event will highlight a total of 48 Korean films.
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