Casa Àsia is offering a small scale cycle in September featuring four top quality, highly relevant Korean films.
Korean cinema is among the most potent in the world. It obviously lacks the budgets and international impact that films made in the US enjoy, nor does it benefit from a self-sufficient circuit such as that of Bollywood, but films from South Korea have been causing something of a sensation at festivals thanks to the work of directors such as Kim Jee-Won and Na Hong-jin. Korean films cover a large variety of genres, from action and horror to kitchen sink dramas, but they share one common element: quality. Standards are high and it's a wonder that more Korean films aren't hitting our screens. But initiatives like the Korean Film Cycle that Casa Àsia is staging at Cinemes Girona is about to change all of that.
Every Saturday at 8pm in September we can see a Korean film, four in total, some of which have never been released here. The first, on 9 September is ‘Midnight in Seoul’ by Kweon Jung-mok, a melodrama featuring a couple who meet in Seoul and experience a night full of horrifying adventures. The second film is ‘A Quiet Dream’ (16 September) a class-conciousness creation by Zhang Lu, while the third is ‘The Age of Shadows’,one of the greatest works by Kim Jee-woon and a spy thriller set in the 1920s when Korea was occupied by Japan. The last film in the cycle is ‘The Wailing’ by Na Hong-jin (30 September), a murder mystery set in a village.
You'll find additional information on the Cinemes Girona website.
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