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  • Edinburgh Takes 4 from Korea
  • by Pierce Conran /  Jun 04, 2014

    Following last year’s showcase of Korean cinema at the Edinburgh International Film Festival (EIFF), the Scottish film jubilee has invited another four Korean films to their upcoming 68th edition. Having its long-awaited UK premiere will be Bong Joon Ho’s Snowpiercer and also invited are the popular festival titles Han Gong-ju, Intruders and Night Flight.
    Following its debut in Korea last August, Bong’s sci-fi blockbuster has well received around the world but before June 2014 it had yet to screen in any English-language country. EIFF will be the first event to screen the film in the UK while the Sydney and Los Angeles International Film Festivals are also presenting the film to Australian and North American viewers for the first time during the month. Snowpiercer will be featured in EIFF’s Director’s Showcase.
    Meanwhile, Edinburgh’s New Perspective lineup will feature a trio of Korean independent titles. LEE Sujin’s Han Gong-ju, which has won top awards at the Marrakesh, Rotterdam and Fribourg International Film Festivals, will screen along with NOH Young-seok’s Intruders and LEESONG Hee-il’s Night Flight, which debuted at the Toronto and Berlin International Film Festivals, respectively.
    Korean films have featured prominently at EIFF over the years but especially last year when the festival staged a six-title Korean cinema showcase and invited Bong Joon Ho to serve as the chairman of the competition jury. This year’s edition will unspool from June 18th to 29th.
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