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Jan 27, 2019
  • Writer by Pierce Conran
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Korean Films Head to the Netherlands

The International Film Festival Rotterdam (IFFR), which kicked off on January 23, has invited three Korean films to its program this year, YI Ok-seop’s Maggie (2018), YOON Jong-bin’s The Spy Gone North (2018) and JANG Woo-jin’s Winter’s Night (2018).

Screening in the Bright Future section, JANG’s Winter’s Night (2018) was one of the Jeonju Cinema Projects that premiered at the Jeonju International Film Festival last May. The film has been doing well on the festival circuit, having won the Best Director and Best Actress Award for SEO Young-hwa at the Black Nights Film Festival in Tallinn and the Special Jury Prize at the Festival of the Three Continents in Nantes.

Also featuring in Bright Future, Maggie (2018) is the debut film of YI and premiered in the Korean Cinema Today-Vision lineup of the Busan International Film Festival last October. IFFR will host the international premiere of the film which stars LEE Joo-young, KOO Kyo-hwan and MOON So-ri.

YOON’s period espionage yarn The Spy Gone North (2018) with HWANG Jung-min, LEE Sung-min, JU Ji-hoon and CHO Jin-woong will feature in the Perspectives lineup. The film bowed as a Midnight Screening at the Cannes Film Festival and attracted almost five million viewers in Korean theaters last August.

While no Korean film are featured in this year’s Tigers Competition section in Rotterdam, previous Korean prize winners include HONG Sangsoo’s The Day A Pig Fell Into A Well in 1997, PARK Chan-ok’s Jealousy Is My Middle Name in 2003, YANG Ik-june’s Breathless in 2009 and PARK Jung-bum’s The Journals of Musan in 2011 and LEE Su-jin’s HAN Gong-ju in 2014. This year’s IFFR will continue until February 3.
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