The Cinema Digital Seoul festival, (CinDi), now in its second year, kicked off August 20th with a weeklong supply of diverse digital films to Seoul's trendy Apgujeong district. The 2nd CinDi screens 71 films from 18 countries, including an impressive opening title, 24 City, the latest by China's award-winning art house maverick Jia Zhang Ke.
The festival boasts a competition section with 15 films selected this year, many from China's emerging film industry. Two Korean films made the selection; "The Dog of Chonggyecheon" by Kim Kyeong-mook, a surreal adventure in which a gender-confused young man meets a talking dog and is chased by a mysterious figure; and "Tropical" by Lee Sung-woo
, about a Korean man who, 15 years earlier fled prosecution for murder by moving to the Philippines, and lives with his Filipino wife and 15 year old son.
In the Invitation section, award-winning Chinese-Korean director Zhang Lu
("Grain in Ear
") will present the world premiere of his latest digital feature, "Chongqing"
, following the impoverished life of Xuie, a young woman struggling with her father in a city of 40 million people. Korean auteur, Hong Sang-soo
's first HD feature "Night and Day"
will also screen in this section.
In the Digital Retrospective section, Song Il-gon
's first feature, "Flower Island" will screen with the director in attendance for a Q & A afterwords. This year's Digital Restoration spotlight is on Kim Ki-young
's classic "The Housemaid - 1960
" (1960) which had its restored debut at Cannes earlier this year.
For foreign guests, CinDi has an English website viewable at visit Open the link
. The festival runs until August 26th, at CGV Apgujeong.
Nigel D'Sa (KOFIC)