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Florence Korean Film Fest Pulls Out All the Stops for 15th Edition

Mar 14, 2017
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PARK Chan-wook Masterclass and Retrospective in Italy

Later this month, the world’s longest running celebration of Korean film, the Florence Korea Film Fest, will return with a program boasting 44 feature-length and short Korean films. For its 15th edition, the festival will open on March 23rd with KIM Jee-woon’s The Age of Shadows, which had its world premiere in neighboring Venice last fall and for which the director will be in attendance. One week later, this year’s event will come to a close with a screening of KIM Ki-duk’s THE NET, which also debuted at Venice last year.

Most notable this year is the PARK Chan-wook retrospective and masterclass. All of PARK films from Joint Security Area /JSA (2000) to last year’s The Handmaiden will screen, as well as a number of his shorts and the documentary MANSHIN: Ten Thousand Spirits (2014) which he produced and was directed by his brother PARK Chan-kyong.

Other films which will screen with their directors present include KIM Seong-hun’s Tunnel, LEE Gae-byok’s LUCK-KEY and E J-yong's The Bacchus Lady. The rest of the lineup features notable works such as NA Hong-jin’s THE WAILING, Hong sangsoo’s Yourself and Yours, LEE Joon-ik’s DONGJU; The Portrait of A Poet, LEE Kyoung-mi’s The Truth Beneath, KIM Tae-yong’s MISBEHAVIOR, PARK Hong-min’s Alone, LEE Yoon-ki’s A Man and A Woman, KIM Jong-kwan’s Worst Woman, Jero YUN’s Mrs.B., A North Korean Woman and PARK Heung-sik’s Twenty Again, which largely takes place in Italy, during the Torino Film Festival. 

Also screening will be both of YEON Sang-ho’s zombie films last year, the live action TRAIN TO BUSAN and its animated prequel Seoul Station. Other guests in Florence in 2017 will include Busan International Film Festival founder and executive chairman KIM Dong-ho and Korean film critic JEON Chan-il.
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