SEOUL — Organizers have unveiled the lineup for Seoul’s first Chungmuro Intl. Film Festival devoted to classic films, due to run Oct. 25 to Nov. 2.
The event will feature some 150 titles, with programs dedicated to director John Boorman, Australian cinema, Hong Kong director Patrick Tam, Charlie Chaplin, Japanese shorts of the 1920s and 1930s, Asian musicals, and a wide range of classic Korean films.
With a hefty $4.3 million budget, fest is part of a planned revival of downtown Chungmuro, once the hub of the Korean film industry.
Seoul’s Junggu district, of which Chungmuro is a part, is the event’s main sponsor.
CHIFF is headed by Kim Hong-joon, former director of the Puchon Intl. Fantastic Film Festival who was controversially axed in early 2005.
“It was important to clearly distinguish this event from other Korean festivals, so we decided to focus on rediscovering works of the past,” said Kim. “We’ve also tried to make this a very community-oriented event.”
Fest will open with a concert in place of a film.