Latin American Film at the Korea Foundation Cultural Center’s
A Frenchman visiting Korea for the first time said he was very amazed when he came to Korea to discover that there were so many Korean comedy and romance films. Before coming to Korea, he thought Korean movies were just intense and dark, like those of directors Park Chan-uk and Kim Ki-duk.
If you come and watch the Korea Foundation Cultural Center’s “Special Screenings of Latin American Films,” you too may experience such unexpected feelings. In fact you will be astonished at the variety of genres and subject matters, and be offered a rare chance to see the films of countries you have seen only on the world map, such as Costa Rica, Honduras, Panama and Ecuador, as well as Brazil and Argentina, illustrating the film-making talent and passion of Central and South American people.
The Special Screenings of Latin American Films is co-organized by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade, and the Korea Foundation as part of the Latin American Cultural Festival 2009. With support from Latin American and Caribbean embassies in Seoul, the organizers were able to secure as many as 31 films from 13 countries for the special screenings. Their uniqueness and rarity are reasons why we should pay attention to these Special Screenings of Latin American Films, amidst the many other film festivals held in Korea these days.
Fascinating movies that may not be available again for a while in Korea, are awaiting Korean audiences: they include the story of a popular Brazilian duo, the brothers Zeze and Luciano (“Two Sons of Francisco”); the tough life of tenants on the outskirts of a city in Colombia (“The Strategy of the Snail”), the pain of Carla, a Costa Rican girl who faces the grim world of child prostitution (“Password to Darkness”): the friendship between a Spanish traveler and an Ecuadorian student (“How Much Further?”); the hurricane that hit Honduras in 1998 (“Ghosts of the Hurricane”); the life of a Panamanian boxer, Roberto Duran who was born in dire poverty but became a Latin American hero (“The Fist of a Nation”); the struggle of a Dominican youngster who dreams of meeting an older American woman to get a visa (“Sanky Panky”); and the story of Alfonso, a novice reporter who wanted to be an entertainment reporter but happens to cover crimes (“Red Ink”). Also featured at the special screenings are films highly acclaimed at famous international film festivals, such as the winner of the Premier Award at the Buenos Aires International Independent Film Festival in 2006, the winner of the Silver Bear at the Berlin International Film Festival in 2007 (“The Other”), and the winner of the Grand Prize in Education at the first International Film Festival of New Latin American Cinema of Havana (“From Carenero to New Orleans”).
The Special Screenings of Latin American Films will be presented in the Screening Room of the Korea Foundation Cultural Center from July 17 through August 1 (except on July 28 and Sundays). One representative film of each country is subtitled in Korean, and the admission is free. Please do not miss the special chance to get to know more about Central and South America, an extraordinary and fascinating continent.
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