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  • Toronto’s Vanguard Program Taps THE FAKE
  • by Pierce Conran /  Jul 31, 2013
  • New YEON Sang-ho Animation to Premier at TIFF

    Most of the Toronto International Film Festival’s sidebars for their upcoming 2013 edition were revealed yesterday and among the many films selected was a significant new Korean work from an up-and-coming filmmaker. YEON Sang-ho, who previously helmed the sensational The King of Pigs (2011), will bring his latest feature The Fake to the Canadian event in September for its world premiere in the Vanguard section.
    Focusing on marginalized figures in different environments throughout his work, YEON explored bullying in his debut The King of Pigs, took a look at military service in his mid-length feature Window and now, with his sophomore work The Fake, is taking aim at false religions.
    In the new animated work, a village is preparing to be submerged when a swindler comes to town, posing as a representative of a fake religion and proceeds to con people out of their money. A local wastrel (Min-chul) cottons on to the scheme and tries to warn people but is quickly dismissed: Even the local reverend is oblivious to the ploy. When Min-chul’s daughter is tricked into prostitution, he can no longer sit quietly on the sidelines.
    YEON’s The King of Pigs debuted at the Busan International Film Festival (BIFF) back in 2011 before going on an enormous tour of the festival circuit, which included stops at the Cannes Film Festival, Fantastic Fest, and the Fantasia, Sitges, Melbourne, Karlovy Vary and Edinburgh International  Film Festival among others.
    The Fake has been programmed in the Vanguard section, one of two sidebars (along with Midnight Madness) organized by programmer TIFF Colin Geddes. According to Geddes: “Where Midnight Madness opens up audiences to a world of fear and fantasy, Vanguard plunges them into a confrontational and unnerving one that sometimes comes a bit too close to reality for comfort."
    This year’s TIFF will take place over September 5-15. Though the whole lineup has yet to be revealed, so far The Fake will be joined by the international premiere of Korean thriller Cold Eyes, which will receive a gala presentation.
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