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Art House Venue in Seoul Tempts Foreigners

2007/05/08 Source

Korean film distribution company Mirovision has built an intimate state of the art theater that will run Korean independent and artistically oriented foreign films. The 10 year old film company says it is dedicated to bringing the best of alternative cinema to Seoul audiences, and its 120 seat venue named Miro Space will launch with two English-subtitled critically praised Korean features.

Opening May 3rd was Kim Tae-sik's "Driving With My Wife's Lover", which has toured various high profile festivals including Sundance and the Berlinale. In this black-comedy, small-town shop owner Tae-han learns that his wife is having an affair with Joong-sik, a Seoul taxi-driver. Intending to violently confront him, Tae-han goes to Seoul and hails Joog-sik's cab, asking for a long-distance trip back to his small town.

From May 10th, Lee Seong-gang's "Texture of Skin" will run for one week, also with English subtitles. It is the live-action feature debut of director LEE, known for his animated films "My Beautiful Girl, Mari" (2002), and last year's "Yobi, The Five Tailed Fox". Skin is about a photographer Min-woo, who begins an affair with his now-married ex-lover Jae-hee. After he witnesses a hit-and-run accident and watches a female victim die in his arms, Min-woo comes to sense the presence of a woman's spirit in his mind.

The new theater is striving to draw both Korean movie-goers and Seoul's growing foreign community, and will attempt to screen future films as well with English subtitles where possible. Miro Space is located inside the Garden Place Building, across from the Hungkuk Insurance Building, near Gwanghwamun Station, in north-central Seoul. To find it take exit 7 and walk toward the Seoul Museum of History. An online schedule can be found at Open the link

Nigel D'Sa (KOFIC)

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