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BEASTS CLAWING AT STRAWS Invited to IFFR Tiger Competition

Dec 27, 2019
  • Writer by Pierce Conran
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6 Korean Films to Screen in Rotterdam

The new Korean thriller BEASTS CLAWING AT STRAWS (2020) from debut director KIM Yong-hoon will have its world premiere at the International Film Festival Rotterdam in the Tiger Competition. Centering around a Louis Vuitton bag filled with cash, the film stars JEON Do-yeon (Secret Sunshine, 2007), JUNG Woo-sung (Asura : The City of Madness, 2016) and BAE Sung-woo (The King, 2017), among many others. It is scheduled to open domestically in mid-February. A total of six Korean films have been invited to Rotterdam this year.

Korean films have long been popular in Rotterdam, and to date, five have picked up the Tiger Award there: HONG Sangsoo’s The Day a Pig Fell Into a Well in 1996, PARK Chan-ok’s Jealousy Is My Middle Name in 2003, YANG Ik-june’s Breathless in 2009, PARK Jung-bum’s The Journals of Musan in 2011 and LEE Su-jin’s Han Gong-ju in 2014. 

Moving On, the debut of YUN Dan-bi, will be having its international premiere in the Bright Future Competition. The acclaimed work had its debut at the Busan International Film Festival, where it earned the Citizen Critics, NETPAC, KTH and DGK Awards. Also in the Bright Future selection but not in competition, is The Pregnant Tree and the Goblin by KIM Dong-ryung and PARK Kyoung-tae, the directing duo behind the documentary Tour of Duty (2016). The Pregnant Tree and the Goblin, their first narrative feature, also debuted in Busan.

Three Korean features will take part in the Voices lineup. KIM Seung-woo’s missing child thriller Bring Me Home screened at the Toronto International film Festival and is the comeback project of Sympathy for Lady Vengeance (2005) star LEE Young-ae. Former Tiger Award winner PARK Jung-bum returns to Rotterdam with Not in This World, which also debuted in Busan in October. Not in This World is PARK’s second film this year, following the feature version of his made-for-TV film Height of the Wave, which screened at the Jeonju International Film Festival before picking up a Special Jury Prize at the Locarno International Film Festival this summer. Finally, a black and white version of BONG Joon-ho’s sensation PARASITE will screen for the first time in Rotterdam. BONG also presented a black and white version of his acclaimed film Mother (2009), which was first unveiled at the Mar Del Plata International Film Festival in 2013.

This year’s 49th IFFR, which began on January 22nd, will conclude on February 2nd.
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