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  • A TAXI DRIVER Has Been Invited to Overseas Film Festivals
  • by KIM Su-bin /  Oct 17, 2017
  • It was selected to close the 21st Fantasia International Film Festival (FIFF)

    JANG Hun’s Gwangju Democratization Movement drama A Taxi Driver has received huge attention from overseas film festivals. The film has been officially invited to this year’s Korean film festivals in Europe including: the 5th Korean Film Festival Brussels, the 6th Korean Film Festival Frankfurt, the 10th Korean Film Festival Spain, the 12th Korean Film Festival Paris and the 10th Korean Film Festival Hungary. Even more incredible, the movie has been chosen as the opening film for all of these events. Director JANG Hun will attend two of the festivals, Frankfurt on October 18th and Paris on October 24th. In addition, A Taxi Driver was in the competition category and was selected to close the 21st Fantasia International Film Festival (FIFF) in Montreal, Canada which took place from July 13th to August 2nd. Its actor SONG Kang-ho also picked up the Best Actor Award at FIFF. 

    Meanwhile, the political drama which was released on August 2nd has become the ninth most successful Korean film of all time, surpassing 12 million moviegoers in three months. A Taxi Driver tells the story of German reporter Jurgen Hinzpeter (Thomas Kretschmann) who came to Gwangju in May 1980 to cover and report the protest to the world, as well as Korean taxi driver KIM Sa-bok (SONG Kang-ho) who helped the journalist. The combination of the two renowned actors from Korea and Germany has gained recognition. SONG has been featured in films like The Attorney (2013), The Throne (2015) and The Age of Shadows (2016) while Kretschmann is known for films such as The Pianist (2003) and Grimm Love (2006). 
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