144 films drew 51,700 film fans to event

The inaugural Chungmuro Film Festival in Seoul, devoted almost entirely to classic films, wrapped Friday with strong support from local auds.

According to organizers, the eclectic program of 144 films drew 51,700 film fans. This comes in a year when several other Seoul festivals have struggled to attract viewers.

Fest director Kim Hong-joon, who headed the Puchon Fantastic Film Festival in the early part of this decade, announced that next year the event will move to an Aug. 28-Sept. 5 timeslot.

In honor of the 40th anniversary of Cannes’ Directors Fortnight section, the Chungmuro fest is planning a retrospective in partnership with the French event.

This year’s program included sections devoted to John Boorman, Charlie Chaplin, Patrick Tam, Australian cinema and Asian musicals. Fest also screened a large number of Korean classic films, which drew rare guest visits from veteran stars and directors.

French director Alain Corneau’s new feature “The Second Wind,” a remake of Jean-Pierre Melville’s 1966 film of the same title, screened as the closing film.

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