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Three Korean films invited to San Sebastian fest

2007/09/10 | 473 views | Permalink | Source

The San Sebastian International Film Festival, one of Europe's top festivals and the leading film event of the Spanish-speaking world, has invited three Korean films to screen at its 55th edition.

"Shadows in the Palace", a mystery-thriller set during the Joseon Dynasty, has been selected for the festival's main competition section. Directed by KIM Mi-jeung and starring Park Jin-hee and Yoon Se-ah, the film centers around the power struggles and deceptions that take place at a Korean royal court. The film has received notice in Korea for having almost an all-female cast and production team, including the director, producer, and executive producer.

The film will be eligible to receive the prestigious Golden Shell, the festival's top prize, and as a debut film will also qualify for the 90,000 euro Altadis-New Directors Award.

Meanwhile, debut film "Epitaph" by the Jung Brothers (Jeong Beom-sik and Jeong Sik) will screen in the Zabaltegi - New Directors section for first and second films. This horror-mystery film is set in 1942, during the Japanese colonial era, and centers around three separate stories in a hospital. The Jung Brothers will also be eligible to receive the Altadis award.

Finally, gangster drama "The Show Must Go on" by Han Jae-rim will screen in the Zabaltegi - Pearls section, reserved for films which have already screened at other international film festivals. The film centers around a gangster played by leading actor Song Kang-ho.

The directors of those three films will attend the festival, while KOFIC will hold a small dinner meeting between Korean directors and Spanish film professionals.

Held in the Basque region of Spain, the San Sebastian International Film Festival will be held from September 20-29.

Darcy Paquet (KOFIC)

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