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Wednesday, September 12, 2012

KCN: Kim Ki-duk Wins Historic Golden Lion and Busan Unveils Lineup (09/06-09/12, 2012)

Big week for news as Kim Ki-duk scoops up the Golden Lion and BIFF unveils its programme! Much more besides including the promotional material for The Perfect Number, the Bang Eun-jin thriller based on the Keigo Higashino novel 'The Devotion of Suspect X.'


Kim Ki-duk's Pieta Takes the Golden Lion at Venice Film Festival
It has been extensively reported at this point but it's wonderful to hear that Kim Ki-duk's Pieta took the Golden Lion at this year's Venice Film Festival. This marks the first time a Korean film has scooped up top honors at one of the major three European fests (Berlin, Cannes, Venice)! It is also a major comeback for Kim Ki-duk and proof of his popularity overseas. Also encouraging is the film's strong performance in Korea, which was bolstered by the international accolade, jumping four spots in the rankings in a single day. (Modern Korean Cinema, September 12, 2012)

The Weight Picks Up Queer Lion Prize at Venice
Korean film The Weight, from director Jeon Kyu-hwan, has picked up the Queer Lion Prize at the Venice International Film Festival. The award is in its sixth year and celebrates film that represent lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender characters. The film is a drama about a hunchbacked youth leading a lonely existence as he works in a morgue. (Modern Korean Cinema, September 12, 2012)


Busan Film Fest Reveals Lineup
The 17th Busan International Film Festival, which will unfold over October 4-13, has announced its full selection and boy is it packed to the gills. Many new films from stars of world cinema will be screened and a number of high-profile Asian films will bow at the event. Throw in a bevy of retrospectives and special screenings and what you end up with is a 300+ film program of pure cinematic delight. (Modern Korean Cinema, September 11, 2012)

Tang Wei to Host the Opening Ceremony of the 17th Edition of BIFF
Famed Chinese actress Tang Wei (Lust, Caution, 2007; Late Autumn, 2010) has been announced as the host of the opening ceremony of the 17th Busan International Film Festival which will take place on October 4th and feature a gala presentation of new Hong Kong thriller Cold War from industry vets Sunny Luk and Leung Long Man. (Modern Korean Cinema, September 12, 2012)


Kim Ki-duk's Pieta Secures Venice Sales
Even before its big win last Saturday, Kim Ki-duk's Venice title Pieta had secured a number of sales for its distributor Finecut Korean sales company Finecut including Maywin Films for ex-USSR including Baltic States, AS Fidalgo for Norway, Bir Film for Turkey, Ama Films for Greece and Edko Films for Hong Kong. (Modern Korean Cinema, September 12, 2012)

Kim Ki-duk’s Outsider Victory Highlights Problems in Korean Film Business
The Korean film industry has every reason to celebrate the Golden Lion Award won by Kim Ki-duk for his film Pieta. The grand prize at the Venice Film Festival (one of the top three film festivals of the world) has uplifted the level of Korean films, but at the same time has put forward an agenda to improve the Korean film industry, an agenda that calls for efforts from all sectors. (The Hankyoreh, September, 11, 2012)

48-hour Film Project in Seoul
The 48-Hour Film Project – Seoul (48HFP Seoul) is being staged again this year, and as the Oct. 9 deadline for registration approaches, there are only a few spaces left for teams to register. The 48HFP Seoul invites filmmakers from around the world to produce a complete short movie in just two days. This year the dates are Oct. 19 to 21. (The Korea Times, September 11, 2012)

Kim Ki-duk: From Monster with 'Inferiority Complex' to Master Director
Kim Ki-duk, the winner of the Golden Lion award at the 69th Venice International Film Festival, is a self-made man who started as a non-mainstream outsider but clinched top honors as a movie director. Having never studied film at school, the eccentric director built his own movie world turning his own life philosophy into visual poetry based on inborn artistic talent. He was born in Bonghwa, North Gyeongsang Province, in 1960 and grew up in an economically difficult environment. (The Korea Herald, September 9, 2012)


The Devotion of Suspect X (main trailer)


Masquerade (New Poster)

The Perfect Number (Poster 1)

The Perfect Number (Poster 2)


(Modern Korean Cinema, September 10, 2012)

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1 comment:

  1. Masquerade is an excellent film. I just saw it and would gladly watch this film many more times.
    Well done!