Queer Korean Films Making an Impact
2012 was a banner year for queer Korean cinema, as it was the release of two works that have found success around the world. Now they have both been invited to Frameline 37, the San Francisco Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Film Festival, one of the premiere LGBT events in the world.
LEESONG Hee-il’s hard-hitting and lyrical White Night debuted at the Jeonju International Film Festival in 2012 before making its way around the world after being invited to major festivals such as the Vancouver, Berlin, Hong Kong and Taipei International Film Festivals. KIMJHO Gwang-soo, who recently made headlines as the first queer Korea filmmaker to get married, will bring his hit romcom Two Weddings and a Funeral to the fest. KIMJHO’s film applied gay themes to the standard Korean romcom formula, leading to it becoming the most successful queer Korean film of all time.
Both films are feature in the ‘Asian Queer Cinema’ section. The San Francisco LGBT Film Festival is already underway, having started on June 20th and will end on June 30th.