When her father offers to take her on a trip, nine-year-old Jin-hee happily sings him a love song, the bittersweet notes inaudible to her own ear, until she realizes he has abandoned her at a Catholic orphanage. Drawing raves from the Cannes to Berlin film festivals, Ounie Lecomte's directorial debut, a semi-autobiographical portrait of 1970s South Korea, masterfully captures an emotional journey of loss, friendship, and starting anew. | Read MoreDrama and Female Director(s)
After passing the civil service examination Sung-joo returns to her hometown to spend the day with her friend, Shin-hee, who stayed behind, in Chupachups.
Screening as part of the Shorts: Fallout program. | Read More
Low-level gangster Byung-doo takes on a high-risk mission to pay the bills for his widowed mother and siblings. But when he succeeds, he finds himself quickly rising through the ranks of South Korea's organized crime world, paving the way for this exceptional saga of greed, betrayal, violence and tragedy. The literal translation of the Korean title is "mean streets."
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Set during the 2008 Olympics on the outskirts of Beijing, first-time filmmaker Zheng Wei's beautiful and poetic portrait of modern China tells a simple but poignant story about a father, son, and mysterious young woman that subtly explores the physical and psychological tensions that exist in a land where emerging capitalism and accelerating modernization are rapidly overtaking traditional values. | Read MoreDrama
Park Jungbum's stunning and much-lauded debut is the story of a North Korean defector forging a life in capitalist South Korea. As both director and actor, Park (assistant director of Lee Chang-dong's stirring Poetry) fully realizes a disarmingly beautiful vision of loneliness, disconnect, and ethical ambiguity in this story of a lost soul's struggle to connect. | Read MoreDrama
Writer's block may be the least of rookie filmmaker Ryu Young-jae's problems. His girlfriend ditched him, his first feature production is falling apart, and things are looking like they'll only get worse in this absurd adventure from one of South Korea's edgiest young filmmakers. | Read MoreComedy
Lee Yoon-Ki's (This Charming Girl) deadpan comedy trails a pair of former lovers—he's a romantic and she's a realist—who bump into each other one year down the road. She wants back a hunk of cash she lent him, so they spend the day winding through downtown Seoul on a hilarious mission to collect his old debts. | Read MoreDrama
Joongshik and Eunmo live in Paju: a gray town where the urban landscape is as bleak as the fate of its residents. In writer/director Chan-ok Park's emotionally intense follow-up to award-winning Jealousy Is My Middle Name (TFF '03), the personal travails of two antiheros are delicately unveiled through an anachronistic period of eight years, demonstrating how easily the lines of development and destruction are sometimes blurred. | Read MoreDrama
Deaf and blind, Young-Chan lives in a quiet, isolated world in his small apartment. But when Soon-Ho, an empathetic woman compromised by a spinal disability, comes into his life, a unique love story begins. Poetic and gently paced, Planet of Snail brings to life the sensual world shared by this special couple, and illustrates that the greatest beauty can be found in the smallest and most unlikely love stories. | Read MoreDocumentary and Relationships
In this eminently creepy horror show, college student Hee-jin returns home in the wake of her younger sister's disappearance, only to find her mother a fanatical religious convert and the family's neighbors offing themselves in increasingly bizarre and grotesque ways. Together with detective Tae-hwan, Hee-jin must unravel the tangled web of connections between the victims that will lead back to the missing girl. | Read MoreHorror
This compelling bio-pic reveals the true story of Rikidozan, the "Father of Japanese Wrestling." Rikidozan introduced American style wrestling to Japan and became a symbol of iconic heroism after World War II by continuously defeating the Americans in the ring with his famous "karate chop"-while concealing his Korean heritage. | Read More
Abbas Kiarostami has recently been exhibiting his black-and-white landscape photographs at venues around the world, and Roads of Kiarostami is both a companion piece to these exhibits and an extension of them. Static shots of the photos alternate with footage of Kiarostami's car winding through mountain roads, as the Iranian filmmaker muses in voice-over on the significance of the journey and the path in his own work and in Persian literature. | Read MoreDocumentary
Seven-year-old Younghee smokes out of curiosity, while her mother puffs for composure. One day it’s discovered that Younghee’s dad is cheating on her mom and eventually the patriarch beats his wife and daughter, causing the pair to run away from home. | Read MoreDrama