by David Oxenbridge (KOFIC)
Italy was once again awash with Korean colours at the 9th Florence Korean Film Festival.
This year the festival was able to secure a veritable whose who of Korean directors including Bong Joon-ho
2006), Lee Chang-dong
" 2007), Im Sang-soo
("The President's Last Bang
" 2005) and Lee Kyoo-man
2007). In addition, as well as 10,000 audience members, a number of other guests were in attendance including Italian directors Roger Diodati, and Leonardo Cinieri Lombroso and YOO Dong-suk, director of the Korean Film Festival in France (Festival Franco Corren du Film).
The festival contained a number of sections including a retrospective of Bong Joon-ho
, a special presentation of the Cannes premiering "The Housemaid - 2010"
2010) as well as Lee Chang-dong
's Cannes winning "Poetry"
(2010). Other sections included the K-Thriller Showcase and short film section 'Shorts Shorts'. In the festivals Film Competition section 'Korean Horizons', the jury awarded its top prize to feature debut director Kim Seong-ho
's film "She Came From"
(2010). The film which has also played at last year's Jeonju International Film Festival plots the journey of a film director who, while staying in Busan, finds his own life becomes intertwined in a screen play he is writing.
The Florence Korean Film Festival begun March the 25th and wrapped up April 2. The festival is held with support from KOFIC.