Korean Cinema Today 2014 | Godsend (Sinui-Seonmul), film still | © Promo
Korean Cinema Today 2014 | Dream House by the Border (Gyeonggyeeseo-Kkumkkuneun-Jip), film still | © Promo
Korean Cinema Today 2014 | The Fake (Saibi), film still | © Promo
Korean Cinema Today 2014 | Black Hair (Geomeun Meori), film still | © Promo
Korean Cinema Today 2014 | Shuttlecock, film still | © Promo
Korean Cinema Today 2014 | 10 Minutes (Ship Bun), film still
Launched with great success in 2012, Korean Cinema Today features outstanding films from the Busan festival’s section of the same name. HKW has responded to the growing significance and popularity of new Korean cinema with this series.
The Busan Festival, Asia’s most important and dynamic film gathering, has experienced a meteoric rise. This parallels the success of Korean film at the world’s most important festivals: with awards from Cannes to Berlin, Venice to Hong Kong, Korean directors have long achieved their international breakthrough. Now a new generation has entered the stage. The 18th Busan International Film Festival, which came to an end last October, was a great success with the public: It attracted over 200,000 filmgoers. Furthermore, in its sections “New Currents,” “Korean Cinema Today” and “Wide Angle,” which annually screen the best contemporary Korean productions, new trends were also apparent: a broad spectrum of debut features and the changed, strong role of women—as protagonists and as directors. Alongside works from Yeon Sangho and Hong Sangsoo, and a classic from Lee Man- hee, the HKW presents a selection of films from the BIFF 2013 which dramatically reflect these trends: new cinematic perspectives from Korea.
In Cooperation with the Busan International Film Festival and the Korea Foundation