Korean film festivals reveal lineups

Two sophomore fests to begin Aug, Sept

SEOUL — Two film festivals successfully launched last year in Korea have unveiled lineups for their second frames.

Cinema Digital Seoul festival (a.k.a CinDi), skedded for Aug 20-26 will open with Chinese auteur Jia Zhang-ke’s (second ref: Jia) new “24 City”. With a total of 71 films from 18 countries CinDi will again include a 15-title competition section for digital features and documentaries from new Asian directors. Event is sponsored by CJ Culture Foundation.

Selection team is a familiar crowd of festival consultants Philip Cheah (Singapore Int’l Film Festival), Ichiyama Shozo (Tokyo FILMeX) and Li Cheuk-to (Hong Kong Int’l Film Festival).

A jury of international directors includes Amos Gitai, Jia, Hong Sang-soo. And an international critics jury consists of former Village Voice critic Dennis Lim and French critic Alain Masson from Positif.

Fest has expanded its invitation programs by launching new sections including “Digital Shorts,” “CinDi Extreme,” “Installation” and “Digital Restoration.”

Separately, the 2nd edition of the Chungmuro Int’l Film Festival in Seoul will feature approximately 170 titles from 40 countries. Skedded for Sept 3-11, fest opens with Higuchi Shinji’s “Hidden Forest: The Last Princess.”

Newly launched international competition section invites 12 features including Johnny To’s “Mad Detective,” Antonello Grimaldi’s “Quiet Chaos” and Amos Kollek’s “Restless” among others. International jury headed by American director Michael Cimino will decide the winner of the $30,000 grand prize and other smaller awards.

Fest also focuses on classic films, with a range of programs honoring Douglas Trumbull, David Lean and Deborah Kerr. The history of German cinema, Japanese director Ichikawa Kon and troublesome Korean director Jang Sun-woo will be highlighted in retrospective sections, while newly restored films and a special focus on the 40th Director’s Fortnight of Cannes fest will also screen.

 CinDi 2008 competition section

 “Bal Ganesh”(animation, India), Pankaj Sharma

“Days of the Turquoise Sky”(China), Woo Ming Jin

“Doctor Ma’s Country Clinic”(docu, China), Cong Feng

“Dog in Cheonggyecheon”(Korea), Kim Kyung-mook (world premiere)

“Dreams from the Third World”(Singapore), Kan Lume

“Girl Sparks”(Japan), Ishii Yuya

“High Noon”(Hong Kong), Heiward Mak

“Little Moth”(China), Peng Tao

“The Summer Solstice”(China), Li Ruijun

“Survival Song”(docu, China), Yu Guangyi (world premiere)

“Sweet Food City”(docu, China), Gao Wendong

“Tropical”(Korea), Lee Sang-woo (world premiere)

“Ubu”(China), Zhang Chi (world premiere)

“Voice of Rain That Comes at Night”(Japan), Igarashi Kohei (world premiere)

“What the Heart Craves”(Japan), Takahashi Izumi


 CHIFFS 2008 competition section

 “Everything Is Fine”(Canada), Yes-Christian Fournier

“The Friend”(Switzerland), Micha Lewinsky

“Handle Me With Care”(Thailand), Kongdej Jaturanrasmee

“Mad Detective”(Hong Kong), Johnny To

“The Mermaid”(Russia), Anna Melikyan

“Quiet Chaos”(Italy), Antonello Grimaldi

“Restless”(Isreal), Amos Kollek

“Not By Chance”(Brazil), Philippe Barcinski

“The Shaft”(China), Zhang Chi

“Snow”(Bosnia-Herzegovina), Aida Begic

“The Trap”(Serbia), Srdan Golubovic

“Rivals”(France), Jacques Maillot

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