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'The President's Last Bang' made the cut for major film festivals in North America

2005/09/02 | Permalink | Source

Director Im Sang-soo's political bombshell, 'The President's Last Bang' (produced by MK Pictures, starring Han Suk-kyu, Baek Yoon-sik) is invited to major film festivals in North America this fall, including the Toronto International Film Festival (September 8-17), the 43rd New York Film Festival (September 23 - October 9) and the Telluride International Film Festival (September 1-6).

First, the Toronto International Film Festival, which officially invited 'The President's Last Bang' to the 'Contemporary World Cinema (overview of interesting recent productions by well-known directors and award winners at other festivals)' along with the Sundance and Cannes film festivals are the big three of the festival world, and each has a particular niche. Toronto, in September, is where films from Cannes make their North American debuts and is a launching pad for Hollywood's Oscar hopefuls.

Director Im's another film, 'A Good Lawyer's Wife,' in fact, had been officially invited to this event of 2003, and again during his visit in Toronto, Im will experience himself how his film is expected and assessed through feedback from the official schedules and varied promotional activities on-site.

The lineup for this year's New York Film Festival has been announced, and it looks like a stellar year, especially for fans of Asian cinema. Im Sang-soo's 'The President's Last Bang' has made the cut as well. The film is also invited to the Telluride International Film Festival, another renowned event of its kind taking place in North America.

The President's Last Bang's release in the US, scheduled to be in November, will be able to derive benefit from the exposure in those major festivals. In the meantime, the film will be introduced in France at the end of this year.

'The President's Last Bang' is an unabashedly leftist take on a dark period in Korea's history. Set (almost) entirely on the day of President Park Chung Hee's assassination in 1979, the film is an out and out attack on his regime, and paints the former president as a drunken lech with an unhealthy obsession with the Japanese. In 1979, Kim Jae-kyu, the head of the Korean Central Intelligence Agency (KCIA), assassinated President Park in order to "restore liberal democracy without any self-interest or desire to seize power". (Quote taken from his trial.)

The Source : Koreacontent News Team

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