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Dedicated fair planned for Oct. 19-23

The Frankfurt Book Fair plans a presentation of Korean cinema at its upcoming edition (Oct. 19-23), which is dedicated to all things culturally Korean.

Section is being programmed by Kim Hong-Joon, a filmmaker and university professor who this year launched the Real Fantastic festival in Seoul after he was fired in December from his post as chief selector at PiFan, the Puchon fantasy festival.

Kim plans to divide his selection into three sections: literary adaptations, contempo youth films and more arcane fare that rarely gets exported.

With 40 pictures to screen over five days, the event is larger than many festival sidebars and nearly as big as the recent 50-title retrospective at the Cinematheque Francaise in Paris.

“Despite media coverage of South Korea’s increasing economic power and growing importance in life sciences, Korea is still terra incognita for most people in Germany,” said Hwang Chi-Woo, the fair’s VP.

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