You can find the 2011 festival schedule here. Films will be shown in cinemas across London, but a handful will afterwards be screened in Sheffield, Cambridge and even far up north in Newcastle.
I’m bummed that Sunny only has a single screening on a day that I can’t make it.
Some festival highlights:
- The Front Line (고지전, 2011), directed by Jang Hun, South Korean’s official submission for next year’s Academy Awards’ Best Foreign Language Film
- Arrow The Ultimate Weapon (최종병기 활, 2011), directed by Kim Han-min, which provided evocative image for the poster of the film festival
- Leafie – A Hen into the Wild (마당을 나온 암탉, 2011), animated film based Hwang Sun-mi’s bestselling children’s book, followed by a Q&A with director Oh Seongyun
- Late Autumn (만추, 2010), directed by Kim Tae-yong. It is a remake of Lee Man-hui’s 1966 Late Autumn (만추), which will also be screening at the festival. I’ve just booked my ticket for the 2010 film, as I enjoyed Kim Tae-yong’s live-performance/screening of Korea’s oldest silent film Crossroads of Youth (청춘의 십자로, 1934) as well as his Family Ties (가족의 탄생, 2006, screened at KCCUK last month, with a great Q&A with the director). Looking forward to seeing a Korean film set in Seattle, plus Hyun Bin! N.B. Kim Tae-yong’s (and Min Kyu-dong’s) horror film Memento Mori (여고괴담 두번째 이야기, 1999) is also screening.
- Scandal Makers (과속스캔들, 2008), directed by Kang Hyung-chul. Screening at the KCCUK, which means all you have to do is reserve a free ticket by email or phone.
- A Ryoo Seung-wan Restrospective (7 films, including two with a director’s Q&A). Plus a masterclass (details TBA) with Ryoo Seung-wan.
- A Lee Man-hee Retrospective (3 films)
- Korean Cinema Forum: details TBA.
A number of websites are billing Kim Ki-duk’s Arirang (아리랑, 2011) as closing film, but I’m not seeing this anywhere on the official schedule. However, you can get tickets for Poongsan (풍산개, 2011), for which the acclaimed Kim Ki-duk wrote the screenplay.
I was hoping The Crucible (도가니, 2011) would be part of the festival line-up, but I suppose it only just came out in South Korea itself. Next year perhaps.
You can win festival tickets too – for a film of your choice.