After holding special screenings in support of <The Front Line>, South Korea’s submission to the Academy Awards best foreign language film category nominations, the Korean Film Council (KOFIC) has announced it saw a strong turnout and positive reactions. About 500 industry professionals including members of the press from LA Times, Variety and the Hollywood Foreign Press attended the screenings.
During the American Film Market (AFM), KOFIC held screenings of director JANG Hun’s Korean War drama as well as a special retrospective of his other films Nov. 2 – 3 in Los Angeles and Santa Monica, USA. In order to familiarize industry professionals with Jang Hun’s films, the governmental organization screened the director’s noted debut action film <Rough Cut>, hit espionage thriller <Secret Reunion> and most recent hit <The Front Line> over two days at the CGV LA theater and the Santa Monica Landmark theater.
In talks with the director after screenings of The Front Line, Jang Hun answered questions from the audience about the background and scale of the production, and the discussions even went to North and South Korean relations.
In the two Korean Film Night receptions that followed the screenings each day, attendees included David Permut, one of the producers on Face/Off, writer Monica Macer (Lost, Prison Break) and executives from Warner Brothers, Fox International and William Morris Endeavor (WME).
Following in the steps of leading Korean directors such as PARK Chan-wook, BONG Joon-ho and KIM Jee-woon, Jang Hun is a strong contender to work abroad as well. With this view, KOFIC also arranged meetings for Jang with studio executives interested in co-productions and/or Korean film investment.
Meanwhile at the AFM, KOFIC also opened a Korean location promotion booth, supporting the Busan Film Commission and the Jeju Film Commission. The booth saw an average of 150 – 200 visitors a day.
Nov. 10, 2011