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2016/02/13 | Permalink

KOBIZ chats to Jeon Soo-il about his 2015 film "A Korean in Paris", see how well South Korea's film industry did in 2015, short films are a great way for up-and-coming talents to shine, and Variety sits in on a co-production event in Paris that highlights the success of Bong Joon-ho's "Snowpiercer".

"Jeon Soo-il, Director of A KOREAN IN PARIS"

KOBIZ chats to South Korean director Jeon Soo-il about his 2015 film, "A Korean in Paris", starring Cho Jae-hyun and Paeng Ji-in: "I deliberately chose this story of the newly wedded couple because I wanted to film again from a distant place. So far in my films, I have always framed the internal journey of a persona, trying to find himself. I hoped to put my characters in a situation where they see themselves more objectively, away from home".


"South Korea box office hits record high in 2015"

South Korea's film industry has reportedly grown by 4.2% in 2015, according to the Korean Film Council, with the average South Korean watching 4.22 films per year. The country's top film of 2015, "Veteran", attracted 13.4 million admissions, and more and more we are seeing local films push well past that mythical 10 million mark as the country's film industry continues to ride the wave.


"Everything Starts From Short Films"

As technology slowly saps our attention spans, and time in general, the short film format seems an appropriate format to better suit our busy digital lifestyles. Often the short film is a bridge for rising directors and stars into feature filmmaking, somehting that has been particularlly evident in South Korea in recent years.


""Snowpiercer", 'Adoption', 'Leafie, A Hen Into The Wild', 'Chair:' Korea, France Build Co-Production Relations"

Particularly since 2013, the number of co-productions involving South Korea have been growing, with France being one of biggest supporters. South Korea and France have always seemed to be cinematic soulmates of sorts, with each country's films being well-received in both countries, and that mutual interest and support has translated into award-winning features, most notably "Snowpiercer" (2013). In this post, Variety covers the Paris Images Cinema/Industrie du Reve roundtable talk that featured Bong Joon-ho's stellar adaptation of French graphic novel "Le Transperceneige" by Jacques Lob and Jean-Marc Rochette.


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