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  • Four Korean films at the 65th Cannes Film Festival
  • by HWANG Hei-rim /  Apr 25, 2012
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    Four Korean films were selected to screen at the 65th Cannes Film Festival, which will open on May 16 with the world premiere of Wes ANDERSON's Moonrise Kingdom, a 1960s-set tale of childhood romance. HONG Sang-soo's In Another Country and IM Sang-soo's The Taste of Money are included among the 22 films officially selected to compete for the Palme d’Or. Other films selected for the official competition include Ken LOACH’s The Angels’ Share, David CRONENBERG's Cosmopolis, Walter SALLES' On the Road, Michael HANEKE's Amour, Jacques AUDIARD’s Rust & Bone and Abbas KIAROSTAMI's Like Someone in Love.
     
    Set in a seaside town, In Another Country consists of three parts that tell the story of three different woman, all named Anne and all played by the award-winning French actress Isabelle HUPPERT. With this selection, HONG’s eighth feature to screen at Cannes, he has set a new record for most films by a Korean director to appear at the fest. Starting with The Power of Kangwon Province in 1998, Virgin Stripped Bare by Her Bachelors (2000), Hahaha (2010) and The Day He Arrives (2011) were all screened in the festival’s Un Certain Regard section, while Woman is the Future of Man (2004) and Tale of Cinema (2005) were selected for the official competition. 2009’s Like You Know it All appeared in the Director’s Fortnight.
     
    As for IM, this will be the second time a film of his has been selected for the official competition, following 2010’s The Housemaid. Starring KIM Gang-woo, YOUN Yuh-jung and KIM Hyo-jin, The Taste of Money tells a story of sex and power, exploring the greed and ambition that lurks within an upper-class family.
     
    Other Korean films appearing in this year’s Cannes are The King of Pigs by YEON Sang-ho, screening in the festival’s Directors’ Fortnight, and Circle Line by SHIN Su-won, showing in the Critics’ Week short film section. An independent animation and YEON’s debut film, The King of Pigs is a brutal thriller which explores the interactions between power, class and violence by telling a story of teenage boys and school bullying. It is the first Korean animated feature invited to Cannes. 
     
    Additionally, though it is a China-Singapore co-production, Korean director HUR Jin-ho’s Dangerous Liaisons is also included in the Directors’ Fortnight selection. Set in 1930s Shanghai, China, Dangerous Liaisons is an adaptation of the 18th–century French novel Les Liaisons dangereuses, starring Korean actor JANG Dong-gun, the Chinese actress ZHANG Ziyi and Hong Kong’s Cecilia CHEONG.
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