Part of MKC's coverage of the 64th Berlin International Film Festival and the 18th Busan International Film Festival.
By Pierce Conran
Most prominent among the selections will be a gala presentation of Bong Joon-ho's Snowpiercer. The film has already screened in France and a few Asian countries but has yet to make its way to English-language territories as the film remains in editing limbo due to a standoff between Bong and The Weinstein Company.
Also getting a gala presentation will be Gina Kim's Final Recipe, a Korea-Singapore-Thailand co-production from CJ Entertainment that will serve as the opening film of the Culinary section.
Two films will be having their world premieres. One is Kelvin Kyung Kun Park's documentary A Dream of Iron and the other is Night Flight, the new feature from LeeSong Hee-il, Korea's most acclaimed queer filmmaker. Both filmmakers have previously visited Berlin with features.
The remaining three films all premiered at the Busan International Film Festival last October. KNN Movie Award and FIPRESCI Prize-winner 10 Minutes, the debut of Lee Yong-seung will screen along with Jung Yoon-suk's debut documentary Non-Fiction Diary, the Mecenat award winner at BIFF, in the Forum section. Lastly, Yoon Ga-eun delightful short Sprout, recipient of a Sonje Award Special Mention at BIFF, will screen in the Generation Kplus section.
Though not present, MKC will be providing coverage of the Korean films at this year's Berlinale over the coming days.
A Dream of Iron
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