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Thursday, February 7, 2013

Berlinale 2013: Ten Korean Films on Show

The Berlin International Film Festival, one of the world's most prestigious film events, is getting underway today for its 63rd edition. As has been the case for the past few years, Korean cinema is featured prominently in this year's lineup, with no less than ten titles screenings across the fest's various sections. While not in attendance, MKC will highlight some of the films screening over the coming days, many of which previously screened at Korean festivals such as Jeonju and Busan.

Hong Sangsoo takes center stage as his latest film Nobody's Daughter Haewon will compete in the prestigious international competition. Following Pieta's win at Venice and Jiseul's triumph at Sundance, might Hong bring home the Golden Bear?

In the Panorama section, four films will screen including E J-yong's mockumentary Behind the Camera, LeeSong Hee-il's queer film White Night, Lee Don-ku's Busan New Currents selection Fatal and Jury, the debut short form Kim Dong-ho, the founder of the Busan film festiva.

Shin Su-won's Pluto, which takes place in a brutally competitive high school, will screen in the Generations section along with the Chinese-Korean production Don't Expect Praises and the short Cheong. Another short, Love Games, will screen in the Berlinale Shorts program. Finally, a special screening with live narration and musical accompaniment of Korea's oldest surviving film, the silent Crossroads of Youth (1934), will also take place.

The fest, which features a broad lineup full of high profile world premieres, runs until February 17. Following Korean cinema's recent success on the international festival tage, let's see how it can perform at Potsdam Platz this year.

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