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New York film festival showcases Korean shorts

2007/06/12 Source

Award-winning short films of various genres from Korea's Mise-en-scene's Genre Film Festival (MGFF) will be invited to the 6th annual New York Asian Film Festival (NYAFF) from June 22 to July 8 in New York City.

Launched by the Subway Cinema in 2002, the New York Asian Film Festival is a widely acclaimed, leading event that introduces an eclectic sampling of current Asian films.

The NYAFF provides Korean filmmakers an excellent opportunity to screen their works in the United States. In the past, "My Sassy Girl" and "Please Teach Me English", two trendy Korean hits at home, won over enough viewers at the NYAFF to take the Audience Award.

The MGFF promotes talented young Korean filmmakers and will mark its sixth year in June. This year, the NYAFF has partnered with the MGFF to introduce award-winning movies as well as new works by Park Chan-wook, Ryoo Seung-wan, E. J-Yong (Lee Jae-yong) and other renowned Korean directors.

The NYAFF 2007 will showcase 14 Korean films, including "Do You Wanna Baby?" and "A Talented Boy, Lee Jun-Seop". Attendees at the festival will have an opportunity to meet the directors and ask questions about the movies.

These MGFF films at the NYAFF are presented with the support of the Korean Cultural Service New York.

Director Lee Sang-geun's 10-minute film "Do You Wanna Baby?" the winner of the Best Film in "The King of Comedy From Chaplin to Steven Chow" and Best Actor section in 2006 MGFF, centers on a guy trying to untangle his earphones on the subway.

The film "A Talented Boy, Lee Jun-Seop", directed by Sin Jae-in, won the Grand Prix and Best Film awards in "The King of Comedy From Chaplin to Steven Chow" in 2002.

This short film features a least-liked boy, named Lee Jun-seop, who tries to draw attention from his classmates by eating school supplies.

Director Bong Joon-ho ("The Host" and "Memories of Murder") said of this film, it brings "an eccentric imagination" and "an insight into human nature and superb filmic expression" to the audiences. More information can be found at Open the link .

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