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BIFF to Stage Full IM Kwon-taek Retrospective
Aug 29, 2013
- Writerby TAE Sang-joon
70 Films to Screen, Numerous High Profile Introductions
The 18th Busan International Film Festival (BIFF) will pay tribute to the Korean Master director IM Kwon-taek and present the Korean cinema retrospective program ‘Fly High, Run Far: The Making of Korean Master IM Kwon-taek.’ It will be one of the very rare opportunities for audience to meet this great auteur’s entire collection of 70 or so films (excluding lost or decayed films), including his signature films Mandara (1981), The Surrogate Womb (1986), Fly High, Run Far (1991) and earlier works such as A Wife Turned to Stone (1963), Eagle of the Plains (1969), and Snowing on Grudge Street (a.k.a. Snow Falls on the Bloody Street, 1971).
To make sure every one of his works is shown, BIFF will open the retrospective ten days ahead of the 18th Busan International Film Festival and run this massive event for 20 days from September 23rd to October 12th at the Busan Cinema Center. BIFF is hoping that this film occasion will please both younger audiences who are new to IM Kwon-taek’s films and an older generation of film fans who have grown up watching the director’s numerous films.
Diverse Guest Visits and lectures with high-profile cineastes are lined up for this retrospective: director BONG Joon-ho, LEE Chang-dong, HONG Sangsoo as well as actor KANG Soo-yeon and AHN Sung-ki will lead in-depth discussions on IM Kwon-taek’s films at the Guest Visits. Renowned film scholars and critics – DAI Jin-hua (Professor, Peking University), David E. James (Professor, University of Southern California), Jean-Michel Frodon (French Film Critic) will each lead a lecture on the topic of IM Kwon-taek’s cinematic world.