Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Film Festival attracts movie lovers to Gwangju


Movie lovers will flock to Gwangju for the Gwangju International Film Festival which will be held from August 29 to September 2.

<i>Sweetheart Chocolate </i>(photo courtesy of Gwangju International Film Festival)
Sweetheart Chocolate (photo courtesy of Gwangju International Film Festival)

The five-day film festival which marks its 13th year will be held on the theme of “Peace for all” at Gwangju Visual Content Center and Megabox Gwangju.

Poster for <i>Stable Life</i> by Sara MacPherson (image courtesy of Gwangju International Film Festival)
Poster for Stable Life by Sara MacPherson (image courtesy of Gwangju International Film Festival)
A total of 92 films from 24 countries will be screened in ten sections, including drama awards and short films. Sweetheart Chocolate by Tetsuo Shinohara will open the festival. The closing film will be Stable Life by U.S. director Sara MacPherson.

Sweetheart Chocolate is a love story about a Chinese woman and Japanese man who fall in love in Japan in the 1980s. Lin Chiling and Hiroyuki Ikeuchi were cast in the lead roles.

The closing film Stable Life by Sara MacPherson is about a Spanish family who migrated to the United States and their striving for success in horse-racing.

The festival will screen films on the themes of peace and human dignity in its two main sections -- Humanity Vision and World Vision. Some of the interesting movies in these sections include the joint UK/Poland production Dolls Can't Cry, Dancing on Broken Glass by Marek Tapák from Slovakia, and Kung Fu Fighter by Chen Tianxing of China.

<i>Kung Fu Fighter</i> by Chen Tianxing (photo courtesy of Gwangju International Film Festival)
Kung Fu Fighter by Chen Tianxing (photo courtesy of Gwangju International Film Festival)


<i>Dancing on Broken Glass</i> by Marek Tapák from Slovakia (photo courtesy of Gwangju International Film Festival)
Dancing on Broken Glass by Marek Tapák from Slovakia (photo courtesy of Gwangju International Film Festival)


<i>Dolls Can't Cry</i> by Aleksandra Czenczek (photo courtesy of Gwangju International Film Festival)
Dolls Can't Cry by Aleksandra Czenczek (photo courtesy of Gwangju International Film Festival)

Movies of promising young Korean directors will be featured in the festival’s New Perspective of Korean Films section. Some of the films to be screened in this category include Lebanon Emotion by Jung Young-heon and Dangerously Excited by Koo Ja-hong.

For family members and children, the festival will present films like I Love You Mom by Casey Chen from Hong Kong and Smiling Face of 15 by Wang Dan of China.

<i>I Love You Mom</i> by Casey Chen from Hong Kong (photo courtesy of Gwangju International Film Festival)
I Love You Mom by Casey Chen from Hong Kong (photo courtesy of Gwangju International Film Festival)

In a special section spotlighting actress Choi Jin-sil, festival goers can watch films of the late Korean actress Choi Jin-sil (1968~2008) who once won nationwide popularity. The festival will show her films like I Wish for what is Forbidden to Me, Ghost Mamam and The Letter in memory of the popular Korean actress.

<i>Comrade Kim Goes Flying</i> (photo courtesy of Gwangju International Film Festival).
Comrade Kim Goes Flying (photo courtesy of Gwangju International Film Festival).

If interested in North Korean film, Comrade Kim Goes Flying is a must-see movie in the Special Selection section. This film, jointly made by North Korea, Belgium, and the UK, is about a female miner surnamed Kim who wants to become an acrobat. This is not the first time that the festival has shown a North Korea-made film; a film jointly made by North Korea and China was screened at the previous year’s festival.

For comedy lovers, the festival will show four famous films of well-known American comedy movie director Leo McCarey of the 1920s and ‘30s in its Leo McCarey Special section.

On August 29, director of Sweetheart Chocolate Tetsuo Shinohara will attend the opening ceremony with Lin Chiling and Hiroyuki Ikeuchi, the main actors of the opening film. Other participants of the event will include award-winning filmmaker Xie Fei who directed Black Snow, and director of Kung Fu Fighter Chen Tian Xing. Most of the participants will attend the ceremony at their own expense, unlike other movie festivals.

More information about the festival is available at its homepage http://www.giff.org (Korean, English)

By Yoon Sojung
Korea.net Staff Writer
arete@korea.kr

Original Source: http://www.korea.net/NewsFocus/Culture/view?articleId=111601

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