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Brussels Fantastic Invites 2 Korean Films

2007/03/20 Source

Two of last year's big budget fantasy thrillers have been invited to compete at the Brussels International Festival of Fantastic Film (BIFFF), set to run April 5th 17th, 2007 in Belgium. Bong Joon-ho's record-smashing monster film "The Host" and Jo Dong-oh's purgatorial fantasy "The Restless" will vie for the top international prize in the program.

Other Korean films selected to participate in the non-competition category are Ahn Byeong-ki's residential horror "A.P.T" (2006), Kim Eun-kyeong's boarding school nightmare, "Roommates - 4 Horror Tales" (2006), Jo Beom-jin's scatological animation "Aachi And Ssipak" (2006), Lee Si-myeong's biting comedy "Vampire Cop Ricky" (2006) and Lim Ah-ron's animated children's feature "Mug Travel" (2006).

BIFFF ranks along with Spain's Sitges and Portugal's Fantasporto as one of the world's top three fantastic film festivals. Previous Korean awardees at the festival include Kim Ki-duk's "The Isle" (2000) and Jang Joon-hwan's "Save the Green Planet" (2003).

The Host recently brought Bong Joon-ho the Best Director award at the Fantasporto International Film Festival. The story of a ravenous monster spawned from chemicals dumped by the US army into Seoul's central river broke every record at South Korea's box office and has been successful upon release in both the US and China.

Nigel D'Sa (KOFIC)

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