The Korean Film Festival in Canada (KFF) is announcing its 4th edition, which will take place in Montreal on September 27th and 28th, 2019 at the Ciné-Campus to celebrate the 100th anniversary of Korean cinema.
The event will feature five films from the Hallyu Wave, including Masquerade (2012) starring acclaimed actor Lee Byung-Hun, Assassination (2015), which accounted for more than 12.7 million admissions in Korea, making it the eighth most profitable films in the history of Korean cinema. The festival will open with Little Forest (2018) directed by Im Soon-Rye . The film is an adaptation of a manga, recounting the passage to adulthood and makes a magnificent tribute of nature, friendship, family and food. Actress Michelle Ohm will present each film and will host a Q & A session with the audience.
Hallyu refers to the wide-spread and rapid rise in popularity of Korean television series and cinema, gaining an excellent reputation in Asia first, before conquering world markets in the twentieth century. It has quickly become a phenomenon of popular culture, especially among young people. Hallyu has since developed beyond the media and has extended into the cooking, makeup, and fashion industries. There are also groups christened “fandoms” (fan-culture or fan-club) of K-culture, as a result of K-Pop and K-movies in recent years. In addition, Hallyu allows a reflection on the origins of Korean cinema from which it directly takes root. The first movies of this period were rarely archived, because of the tumultuous history of the country. The Righteous Revenge (1919) is considered the first Korean film, although Arirang (1926) has been more often mentioned with regards to topics of Korean cinema.
Mi-Jeong Lee (Artistic Director of the festival) said: “It is through this legacy of space and time throughout history to today’s day that the mission and vision of the festival has emerged.” This year, the KFFC is being held with the support of the Korean Cultural Center of Canada (Yongsup Kim, Director of the Centre) to celebrate the 100th anniversary of Korean cinema. The KFFC is also pleased to announce its partnership, for the first time since 1996, with the Department of Asian Studies of the University of Montreal (Laurence Monnais, Director of the CÉTASE), to promote Korean cinema in a French environment. Ciné-Asie is changing its name to Ciné-Asie Arts in order to focus on related activities while the Korean Film Festival in Canada (KFFC) is becoming an independent organization.
Projection venue: Ciné-Campus
2332 boulevard Édouard-Montpetit
Centre d’art et essai, 6th floor, Montréal H3T 1J4
Tickets during the pre-sale are 2$ each, 8$ for all 5 films. At the door for 3$ each.
Tickets are on sale at the East Asia Studies Center (CÉTASE), the 4th floor of the Jean-Brilliant pavillon (# 420):
· Monday ,September 16th and 23rd from 4h15pm to 6pm
· Tuesday, September 10th, 17th and 21st from 11am to 12h30pm, and from 4h15pm to 6pm
· Thursday, September 12th, 19th and 26th from 4h15pm to 6pm
Little Forest (2018) – Drama directed by Im Soon-Rye; 103 min. English subtitles
SEPTEMBER 27TH 6:00 PM (Ciné-Campus)
Realizing that her life in the city is not a success, a young woman returns to her hometown where she meets her friends and rediscovers life in the countryside.
Assassination (2015) – Drama directed by Choi Dong-Hoon; 140 min. English subtitles
SEPTEMBER 7th 8:15 PM (Ciné-Campus)
During the Korean occupation by the Japanese army in 1933, a resistance group plans to kill the Japanese commander. However, their enemies and a traitor among their group threaten to defeat their plan.
Masquerade (2012) – Historical drama directed by Choo Chang-Min; 131 min. English subtitles
SEPTEMBER 28th 2:00 PM (Ciné-Campus)
When the 15th king of the Joseon Dynasty, King Gwanghaegun, is poisoned, he is replaced by a humble acrobat named Ha-Seon who looks exactly like him. However, a rival becomes suspicious and tries to unmask Ha-Seon.
The Spy Gone North (2018) – Drama directed by Yoon Jong-Bin; 137 min. English subtitles
SEPTEMBER 28th 4:45 PM (Ciné-Campus)
In the 1990s, a South Korean spy infiltrates North Korea to obtain information on the country’s nuclear weapons plans. The film is based on the true story of a former South Korean agent, Park Chae-Seo, who infiltrated North Korea’s nuclear facilities.
Along with the Gods: The Two Worlds (2018) – Fantasy drama directed by Kim Yong-Hwa; 139 min. English subtitlesAlong with the Gods: The Two Worlds (2018) – Fantasy drama directed by Kim Yong-Hwa; 139 min. English subtitles
SEPTEMBER 28th 7:30 PM (Ciné-Campus)
A recently deceased man is guided by three angels into the afterlife. He will have to pass seven trials over a period of 49 days to prove that he lived an innocent life and thus has the right to reincarnation.
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