Korean Film Council Makes Public Apology For Blacklisting Filmmakers And Industry Groups

The Korean Film Council (KOFIC) has made a public apology for its involvement in blacklisting filmmakers and wider industry from state support and has vowed to reform.
Speaking yesterday at a press conference in Seoul, KOFIC Chairman Oh Seok-geun said: “Under the two past governments, KOFIC made the big mistake of creating a blacklist of cultural-art figures on instructions from relevant authorities and carrying out measures to discriminate and exclude them…We’ll severely…

The Korean Film Council (KOFIC) has made a public apology for its involvement in blacklisting filmmakers and wider industry from state support and has vowed to reform. Speaking yesterday at a press conference in Seoul, KOFIC Chairman Oh Seok-geun said: “Under the two past governments, KOFIC made the big mistake of creating a blacklist of cultural-art figures on instructions from relevant authorities and carrying out measures to discriminate and exclude them…We’ll severely…

Film Review: ‘End of Summer’

A young boy and his elderly neighbor strike up a friendship in “End of Summer,” a well-crafted but milk-and-water debut by Chinese director Zhou Quan. Set during the 1998 World Cup, the film is flushed with quaint memorabilia like Ronaldo shirts, traditional courtyards and other rose-tinted recreations of small-town life. Compared with the trenchant “Stonehead,” […]

A young boy and his elderly neighbor strike up a friendship in “End of Summer,” a well-crafted but milk-and-water debut by Chinese director Zhou Quan. Set during the 1998 World Cup, the film is flushed with quaint memorabilia like Ronaldo shirts, traditional courtyards and other rose-tinted recreations of small-town life. Compared with the trenchant “Stonehead,” […]

Film Review: ‘Never Steady, Never Still’

The title may imply fevered motion, but it’s the serenity that gets you in “Never Steady, Never Still,” a stoically broken-hearted debut feature from Canadian writer-director Kathleen Hepburn that settles on viewers as quietly as overnight snow on a wintering field. Charting a year in the life of a family in rural British Columbia ruptured […]

The title may imply fevered motion, but it’s the serenity that gets you in “Never Steady, Never Still,” a stoically broken-hearted debut feature from Canadian writer-director Kathleen Hepburn that settles on viewers as quietly as overnight snow on a wintering field. Charting a year in the life of a family in rural British Columbia ruptured […]

WellGo USA Buys Two-Part Korean Fantasy ‘Gods’

WellGo US has picked up North American rights to South Korean fantasy drama “Along With the Gods.” The film is one of the most expensive in Korean history and was highest profile launch at the film market that accompanied the Busan Film Festival last week. Based on Ju Ho-min’s popular web cartoon of the same […]

WellGo US has picked up North American rights to South Korean fantasy drama “Along With the Gods.” The film is one of the most expensive in Korean history and was highest profile launch at the film market that accompanied the Busan Film Festival last week. Based on Ju Ho-min’s popular web cartoon of the same […]

Busan: Korea’s ‘After My Death,’ Iran’s ‘Blockage’ Win Competition

Films from South Korea and Iran were announced Saturday as joint winners of the Busan Film Festival’s main competition section. Kim Ui-seok’s “After My Death” and Mohsen Gharaei’s “Blockage” won the New Currents competition which focuses on first and second features by filmmakers from Asia. “My Death” is critique of the world where reason and […]

Films from South Korea and Iran were announced Saturday as joint winners of the Busan Film Festival’s main competition section. Kim Ui-seok’s “After My Death” and Mohsen Gharaei’s “Blockage” won the New Currents competition which focuses on first and second features by filmmakers from Asia. “My Death” is critique of the world where reason and […]

Busan: Hong Sang-soo Film Trio Set for U.S. Release

Specialty distributor, The Cinema Guild has acquired U.S. rights to a trio of films by South Korean auteur Hong Sang-soo. It acquired “The Day After,” “Claire’s Camera,” and “On the Beach at Night Alone,” which were represented by Finecut at Busan’s Asian Film Market. Cinema Guild aims to release them theatrically in 2018, most likely […]

Specialty distributor, The Cinema Guild has acquired U.S. rights to a trio of films by South Korean auteur Hong Sang-soo. It acquired “The Day After,” “Claire’s Camera,” and “On the Beach at Night Alone,” which were represented by Finecut at Busan’s Asian Film Market. Cinema Guild aims to release them theatrically in 2018, most likely […]

Busan Facetime: Director Kamila Andini on Balancing Motherhood and Filmmaking

When director Kamila Andini showcased her debut feature, “The Mirror Never Lies,” in Busan in 2011, she already mentioned that her second feature would be a story about children and nature. That story, “The Seen and Unseen, which screens in Busan’s A Window on Asian Cinema, took her six years to make. The filmmaker says […]

When director Kamila Andini showcased her debut feature, “The Mirror Never Lies,” in Busan in 2011, she already mentioned that her second feature would be a story about children and nature. That story, “The Seen and Unseen, which screens in Busan’s A Window on Asian Cinema, took her six years to make. The filmmaker says […]