Direct women. Korean Indies! – Independent film series about Korean women

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Encouraged by the warm reception from our audience last year, the Hong Kong Arts Center and the Seoul Independent Film Festival continue to bring you independent films by Korean filmmakers! The liberal and ambitious spirit of the development of Korean cinema has allowed its creators to explore a wide variety of stories and styles, and women take to the stage to express themselves with films that are more widely available on distribution. film world and festival circuits, gaining recognition and enriching different cultures.

This year, the selection continues to tell stories of Korean women of different generations and their life choices – overcoming misfortune and stigma to bring new discoveries, insights and connections with the hope of addressing realities that involve not just women, but everyone – such as the changing priorities of women in their roles, the phenomenon of holojok (the growing number of people who prefer to be left alone in single-person households), ageism, sexism, labor exploitation, historical tragedies, etc.

Don’t miss the opportunity to chat with the directors during our post-screening chats!

August 2022 program

the slug 태어나길 잘했어

the slug 태어나길 잘했어
12/8 (Fri) 7:45 p.m.
Director: Choi Jin-young | South Korea | 2020 | 99′ | In Korean with English subtitles | PCD | Color
Most Promising Talent Award, Osaka Asian Film Festival 2021
Nominated for Best Film, Grand Prix, Osaka Asian Film Festival 2021
Korean Cinema Today – Vision, Busan International Film Festival 2020
Seoul Independent Film Festival 2020 Fantasia International Film Festival (Canada) 2021
The director will attend a virtual conference after the screening. Moderator: Patrick Suen (Film Critic/Columnist)

think back and forth

Thirty-year-old Chun-hee is not well in her own skin or in her own home. Her parents died after the IMF crises when she was a teenager, leaving her in the care of resentful relatives. She is also constantly bothered by her profuse sweating due to a health condition. With a gentle and empathetic nature, she lives life in a warm and accommodating manner. Until the day she is struck by lightning, her younger self continues to appear in the flesh, and they chat and live with each other. What do they want to say to each other?

Choi Jin-young’s first feature film was critically acclaimed. Lead actress Kang Jin-ah carries the character of Chun-hee with natural and versatile sensitivity and grace. Choi’s many short films have also won success at many different festivals.

An old lady 69°

An old lady 69°
13/8 (Sat) 2:30 p.m.
Director: Lim Sun-ae | South Korea | 2020 | 99′ | In Korean with English subtitles | PCD | Color
KNN Award, Busan International Film Festival 2019
Nominated for New Currents Award, Busan International Film Festival 2019
Future Lights, Taipei Film Festival 2020
Seoul Independent Film Festival 2019
Seoul International Women’s Film Festival 2021
The director will attend a virtual conference after the screening.

A woman is never an old woman

Quiet and reserved, 69-year-old Hyo-jeong is raped by a 29-year-old nurse during physical therapy. She has no family or friends and turns to her cohabitant Dong-in to entrust the crime to him. The case is reported to the police but no one believes her. The assistant later claims it was consensual sex, shocking both Hyo-jeong and Dong-in. Since no one can help her, Hyo-jeong took matters into her own hands.

Greeted by audiences and critically acclaimed, Lim Sun-ae’s feature debut on stereotyping and violence against women and the elderly is unusual and enigmatic. His short films have participated in various festivals. She has also worked as a screenwriter for several feature films.

Soup and ideology 수프와 이데올로기

Soup and ideology 수프와 이데올로기
13/8 (Sat) 7:30 p.m.
Director: Yang Yong-hi | Japan, South Korea | 2021 | 119′ | In Korean and Japanese with English subtitles | PCD | Color
White Goose Prize, International Competition, DMZ International Documentary Film Festival 2021
Nominated for Best Documentary, Yamagata International Documentary Film Festival 2021
Seoul Independent Film Festival 2021
The director will attend a virtual conference after the screening.

A secret that can be revealed

After Yang Yong-hi’s highly acclaimed and intriguing documentaries Dear Pyongyang (which was hugely popular at the Hong Kong Asian Film Festival last year) and Sona, the other myself about her life as a Korean Zainichi ( a longtime Korean resident in Japan who traces their roots to Korea under Japanese rule), Yang continues her story about her family and identity in this latest documentary. Yang’s mother once told him about the experience of being involved in the Jeju uprising against the division of Korea between 1948 and 1949, which caused him to leave Korea for Japan. 70 years after the Jeju Massacre, Yang and her Japanese fiancé took the mother with Alzheimer’s disease to Jeju Island.

Yang Yong-hi is an established director with multiple awards to her name. The title Soup and Ideology refers to his belief that even if we have different values ​​or ways of thinking, we should eat and live together without killing each other. She hopes her film can be a positive force for mutual understanding of differences.

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