Pinterest
NewsLetter DailyWeekly
 
My HanCinema | Sign up, Why ? Your E-mail   Password    Auto| Help
HanCinema :: The Korean Movie and Drama Database, discover the South Korean cinema and drama diversity Contact HanCinema HanCinema on TwitterFaceBook HanCinema PageHanCinema on Twitter

Omnibus Film Festival draws Indie flicks

2005/01/24 | 203 views | Permalink | Source

A string of films by unknown and veteran directors will be featured at a festival in Seoul in an effort to support the creation of independent movies in Korea.

Organized by Indiestory, an independent films distribution company, "Omnibus Film Festival" will screen the works of Asian, American and European filmmakers from Saturday, Jan. 29, to the following Friday, Feb. 4, at the Seoul Art Cinema in Jongno-gu.

The festival highlights "omnibus films", a format where a number of films are viewed together in one sitting.

Cult favorite and indie veteran Jim Jarmusch's "Coffee & Cigarettes" (95 min.), a string of tales that serve up dialogue and abundant amounts of caffeine and nicotine, will play on Saturday at 2 p.m. and Feb. 2 at 8 p.m.

"One Piece!" by comedy directors Shinobu Yaguchi and Takuji Suzuki is among films included in the Omnibus Film Festival.

Cuts by Robert Altman, Derek Jarman, Ken Russell and Jean-Luc Goddard are featured in "Aria" (90 min.), an omnibus film where each filmmaker takes an opera aria and expands on the tune through the screen. "Aria" plays on Sunday, Jan.30, at 2 p.m.; Feb. 1 at 6 p.m.; and Feb 4 at 12 p.m.

Works by up-and-coming Asian directors will also be shown during the festival. Bong Jun-ho, who made headlines with his film "Memories of Murder", is one of the creative minds behind the three-part digital omnibus, "2004 Digital Short Films by Three Filmmakers" (100 min.). The digital handiwork of Sogo Ishii, famed Japanese director and creator of "Labyrinth of Dreams" and alternative Chinese director Yu Likwai are also featured alongside Bong's film.

Politics, gender, migrant laborers and Pokemon are just some of the other subjects featured in films in the festival lineup.

In recent years, diamonds have been emerging from the rough in the Korean film industry, with names like Park Chan-wook and Kim Ki-duk circulating at major international film festivals. Kim proved that successful films could be made in a short amount of time even without large crews and financial backers.

Yet undoubtedly, commercial successes have also given filmmakers more creative leeway by bringing them better equipment, crews and cast. Through the festival, Indiestory hopes to increase the support of independent film makers and to make omnibus films a more commercially and artistically viable option in Korea.

The festival commences on Saturday at 6 p.m. with the screening of "Camellia Project: Three Queer Stories at Bogil Island", a film by three young directors featured at a queer film festival in Seoul last year. A seminar on producing and distributing omnibus films will take place on Feb. 2 at 5:30 p.m.

Seoul Art Cinema is located in the basement of the ArtSonje Center building, near Anguk Station, Subway Line No. 3, Exit 1. For screening times, ticket prices and more information, visit omnibus.indiestory.com.

By Iris Moon

Attention You're reading the news with potential spoilers, make them spoiler free, dismiss


 

 

 Previous news
  • Korean movie export: increase over 279 times compared with past 1995.
    2005/01/23 (Source)

    Thanks to a boom of Hanryu (Korean Wave), Korean movie's export to Japan and France, a kernel of Hanryu gale, has shown an explosive growth pace by increasing 191% and 194% respectively than previous year.


    The Korean Film Council said that Korean movie's oversea export had posted about $58.2,...
    More

  • Films Teach Foreigners Korean Culture
    2005/01/23 (Source)

    By Kim Tae-jong
    Staff Reporter

    A group of foreign residents who meet to watch and discuss local movies for entertainment and as a way of learning about Korean culture are also using their biweekly gatherings to help charities in Korea.

    Titled "Charity Movie Coffee Mornings", the event invit,...
    More

  • Director Park Chan-Wook: the Best Director Award in the Bangkok International Film Festival 2005
    2005/01/22 (Source)
    Director Park Chan-Wook has received the Best Director Award along with Mr. Christophe Barratier (Les Choristes, France/Switzerland) in the Bangkok International Film Festival 2005 that ended on Jan. 21.


    Besides, the 2005 Bangkok International Film Festival Golden Kinnaree Winners are as follo,...
    More

Subscribe to HanCinema Pure to remove ads from the website (not for episode and movie videos) for US$0.99 monthly or US$7.99 yearly (you can cancel anytime). The first step is to be a member, please click here : Sign up, then a subscribe button will show up.

Settings

Remove ads

Sign up

Sharing

Activate

Spoilers

Visible, hide

Learn to read Korean in 90 minutes or less using visual associations