‘Empire’ to rule Seoul’s digital fest

Invitation section features 'Collateral,' 'Cyborg'

SEOUL — The inaugural Cinema Digital Seoul festival, skedded for July 20-27, has announced a 40-title lineup that will be opened by David Lynch’s three-hour “Inland Empire.”

Fest, sponsored by the CJ Culture Foundation and the Arts Council Korea, marks a new effort to highlight the full range of digital filmmaking technology and aesthetics.

CinDi’s main competition section consists of 20 digital features and documentaries by up-and-coming Asian directors, who will be eligible for various cash prizes ranging up to $32,000. Lineup was chosen out of a total 122 submissions, with assistance from festival consultants Philip Cheah (Singapore Intl. Film Festival), Ichiyama Shozo (Tokyo Filmex) and Li Cheuk-to (Hong Kong Intl. Film Festival).

A smorgasbord of 20 recent and not-so-recent digital works will be highlighted in an additional invitation section.

Mix ranges from Michael Mann’s “Collateral” and Park Chan-wook’s “I’m a Cyborg, But That’s OK” to Naomi Kawase’s 2006 docu “Birth/Mother” and Abbas Kiarostami’s minimalist “Ten.”

Total budget for fledgling event is $650,000, with organizers aiming for an audience of 10,000.

CinDi 2007 competition section

  • “After” (South Korea), Choi Yong-suk (world premiere)
  • “Campaign” (docu, Japan), Soda Kazuhiro
  • “Cat Mountain” (docu, China), Zhou Yan and Wang Hong (world premiere)
  • “The Elephant and the Sea” (Malaysia), Ming-jin Woo
  • “Feet Unbound” (docu, Singapore), Khee Jin Ng
  • “Fengming, a Chinese Memoir” (docu, China), Wang Bing
  • “The Last Lumberjacks” (docu, China), Yu Guangyi
  • “Losing Ahmad” (docu, Kuwait), Abdullah Boushahri
  • “The Lost Hum” (Japan), Hiromasa Hirosue
  • “Lost in Tokyo” (Japan), Ikawa Kotaro
  • “Ma wu jia” (China), Zhao Ye
  • “Mid-Afternoon Barks” (China), Zhang Yuedong
  • “One Way Street on a Turntable” (docu, Hong Kong), Anson Mak
  • “People Crossing the River: From Tama River to Imjin River” (docu, South Korea), Kim Duk-chul (world premiere)
  • “Single” (Japan), Nakae Kazu-hito
  • “Three Men and a Bulb” (drama/docu, India), Pankaj Rishi Kumar
  • “Tuli: Circumcision” (Philippines), Auraeus Solito
  • “Walking on the Wild Side” (China), Han Jie
  • “Wasted Story” (Japan), Takahashi Naoharu (world premiere)
  • “The Woven Stories of the Other” (Philippines), Sherad An-thony Sanchez
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