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KOFIC supporting release of small-scale films

2005/11/23 | 310 views | Permalink | Source

The Korean Film Council has stepped up its support of small-scale arthouse releases, with three films scheduled to be released in November through the KOFIC-supported ArtPlus Cinema Network.

The three films all drew a positive reception at the recent Pusan International Film Festival, and include multiple prize winner The Unforgiven by Yoon Jong-bin, about the experiences of several young men during their obligatory two-year military service; independent feature Five Is Too Many by Ahn Seul-gi, about the relationship that develops between five outsiders in Korean society; and Korean-Japanese documentary Annyong, Sayonara by Kim Tae-il and Kumiko KATO, about the efforts of a Korean woman and a Japanese man to sue to Yasukuni Shrine, which holds the remains of several Japanese war criminals.

The films will be screened nationwide through the various venues that have signed up to the ArtPlus Cinema Network, giving audiences a chance to experience smaller, less commercially-oriented films amidst the big-budget fare that has come to dominate Korean screens.

In addition, KOFIC has recently completed preparations to provide the theaters in the ArtPlus network with digital projectors, allowing for films to be screened directly in digital. The projectors will be shared by various venues according to programming schedules, and will include one 2K digital projector, two 1.3K projectors, one digibeta deck, one HD deck, one combination digibeta/HD deck, one DV deck, and two DLP projectors that can be used in small screening rooms of 150 seats or less.

The current November releases continue on a strengthened program which started in August, with the release of low-budget independent films such as Digital Films by Three Filmmakers 2005, Kim Jin-seong's Geochilmaru: The Showdown, and human rights omnibus animation If You were Me : Anima Vision.

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