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M-Line Launches DONGJU, SPIRITS’ HOMECOMING at EFM
Feb 16, 2016
- Writerby Pierce Conran
THE BACCHUS LADY Premieres in Panorama Section
With a mix of festival titles, Korean Academy of Film Arts productions and genres spanning period drama, animation and more, M-Line Distribution has brought a comprehensive lineup of Korean cinema to the European Film Market (EFM) in Berlin this year. Leading their slate is E J-yong’s latest film The Bacchus Lady, a KAFA production featuring YOUN Yuh-jung as an elderly prostitute which is screening in the Berlinale’s Panorama section.
Among the other major M-Line titles at EFM are DONGJU; The Portrait of A Poet, a black and white Colonial Era drama from The Throne director LEE Joon-ik. On the back of LEE’s reputation as a director, the film has received some interest from festival distributors and European buyers. Meanwhile, Asian distributors are also paying attention due to the film’s rising young star KANG Ha-neul, one of the stars of last year’s hit youth comedy Twenty. DONGJU; The Portrait of A Poet opens in Korea on February 17th.
Next week will see the release of Spirits’ Homecoming, another M-Line vying for attention in Berlin. This crowd-funded picture from CHO Jung-rae examines the plight of comfort women who served Japanese soldiers during World War II, a hot button issue in contemporary Korea.
The company’s slate also includes two genre titles, LEE Cheol-ha’s mystery thriller Insane with KANG Ye-won and the third installment in the omnibus series Horror Stories, featuring segments by MIN Kyu-dong, KIM Gok and KIM Sun, and BAEK Seung-bin.
Among the M-Line titles that debuted at the Busan International Film Festival last year are PARK Hong-min’s ALONE, LEE Seung-won’s Communication & Lies and JUNG Sung-il’s Night and Fog In Zona, which recently screened at the Rotterdam International Film Festival. The lineup also includes all the current titles from the Korean Academy of Film Arts, such as the Busan-invited The Boys Who Cried Wolf and Girl on the Edge, the upcoming animation My Ghost Girlfriend and lesbian drama Our Love Story.