Monday, May 11, 2009

Koreans have 9 Films in Cannes

A total of 9 Korean films including 5 features have been invited to the official line-up of the 62nd Cannes Film Festival. Headlining the robust range of Korean films this year is PARK Chan-wook's (Old Boy) vampire thriller, Thirst, one of 20 world class films in competition for the Palm D'or.

BONG Joon-ho (The Host) will screen his upcoming fourth feature, Mother, in Cannes Un Certain Regard section. The film stars veteran star KIM Hye-ja as a mother determined to save her 28-year-old-son (played by WON Bin) who has unwittingly become the prime suspect in a murder case.

Debut director Ounie Lecomte's biographical feature A Brand New Life, a Korean-French co-production recalls her early childhood in Korea when she was given up by her parents and put in an orphanage before finding a home in France. It will be presented in a Special Screenings section under the title LEE Chang-dong Presents.

LEE, who is credited as producer and co-writer of A Brand New Life, was director of the 2007 Cannes selection Secret Sunshine, which won a Best Actress prize for lead, JEON Do-yeon. LEE will sit on the international jury of Cannes this year that will decide on the festival's major prizes.

HONG Sang-soo will screen Like You Know It All in Directors' Fortnight.

Also in the Directors' Fortnight is the 10-minute animated short Dust Kid by JUNG Yu-mi. Korean short Don't Step out of the House by JO Sung-hee and The Horn by YIM Kyung-dong are both in the Cinefondation program . The short film 6 Hours by MOON Seong-hyeok will screen in the International Critics' Week section.

The fifth Korean feature to screen is 1961 classic Prince Yeonsan by legendary director SHIN Sang-ok. It will unspool in the Classics: New or Restored Prints category.

David Oxenbridge & Nigel D'Sa (KOFIC)

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