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Korean Film Festival returns this year

By: Contributor

After two years, the Korean Film Festival (KFF) is back. Live screening of Korean films starts starting Aug. 10.

Korean Culture and Information Service – Korean Cultural Center in the Philippines (KCC) will hold screenings for Korean films which released in 2020 and 2021. The films were handpicked to create by for their themes and the experience that they promise.

Part of the festivals will include “Deliver Us From Evil” (Hong Won-chan, 2020), “Escape from Mogadishu” ( Ryu Seung-wan, 2021), “The Novelist’s Film” (Hong Sang-soo, 2021), “Miracle: Letters to the President: (Lee Jang-hoon, 2021), “Snowball” (Lee Woo-jung, 2021), “The Day I Died” (Park Ji-wan, 2020), and “Perhaps Love” (Jo Eun-ji, 2021). These carefully selected films will be shown in selected SM Cinemas in Metro Manila. 

This year’s opening ceremony will be held on Aug. 10 at SM Aura Premier at 5 p.m. for selected audiences. The opening film “Deliver Us From Evil” will be screened at Cinema 2. The public screening for all seven films will be available afterwards from Aug. 11-14 at SM Mall of Asia, SM Megamall, SM City Grand Central, SM North Edsa, SM Southmall. The public screening follows a first come first serve basis.

“Deliver Us From Evil” director and “Snowball” director will be attending the event to meet and answer questions from the audience on Aug. 10.

“Deliver Us From Evilattracted almost 4.36 million of Korean moviegoers in 2020. Hong’s debut film “Office” has also been invited to 68th Cannes Film Festival’s midnight screening in 2015. He also wrote a few of his films and is dedicated to his own craft.

Lee is a promising female independent film director who continues to contribute to the Korean independent film industry. She started her career as an actress after studying theater and film in the university. She directed her first independent short film “Neither to die nor to leave” in 2012 and began to get more attention through her recent film “Snowball.” 

But wait, there’s more as there will be a “Talk with the Filmmakers” on Aug. 11, 1:30 p.m. at the FDCP Cinematheque Centre Manila where the directors will share the challenges and processes in filmmaking. Two esteemed Filipino film directors will also join the talks and share their own experiences. This event aims to show the exchanges of both countries’ film industries, and to deliver advice and knowledge about film production and filmmaking to the Filipino audiences.  

Interested moviegoers may visit KCC’s Facebook, Instagram and Twitter, @KCCPhil to reserve slots for the opening ceremony on Aug. 10, talk with the filmmakers on Aug. 11, and public screening schedule from August 11-14.

2022 Korean Film Festival is in partnership with the Film Development Council of the Philippines, Korean Film Council, Korean Tourism Organization Manila Office, and SM Cinema.#

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