The Korean Film Festival 2012

During the very first Korean film festival, which took place from 12th to 24th of October 2012, numerous major movie directors such as Kim Ki-duk (Pieta), Bong Joon-ho (Mother) and Park Chan-wook (Oldboy) attended the grand event. The Korean film festival was organised by the Korean Department of the Goethe University in Frankfurt, the Korean Consulate General in Germany, members of the Korean-German- Network and local young people with an interest in the Korean culture. In total, 19 movies of different genres were shown on the university campus in Bockenheim. The festival presented several movies which have never been shown in German cinemas before such as the popular nostalgic romance “Architecture 101,” the opening movie of the Busan International Film Festival 2011 “Always” and the internationally honored drama of 2009 “Breathless”.

For the free opening movie, In celebration of the Douglas Sirk Awards for his lifetime achievement during the Hamburg Film Festival and his success in the Film Festival in Venice, Kim Ki-duk’s movie “Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter … and Spring” was shown. Beyond that, Kim’s movie “Pieta” was also presented during the festival. Project K was not only founded for sole purpose to promote Korean movies but also to increase appreciation for Korean culture. For that reason, this year’s festival offered various activities to introduce the Korean culture. Visitors had the chance to try traditional Korean clothes on called Hanbok, they could attend a traditional Korean tea ceremony or learn about the Korean alphabet. In addition, numerous Korean dishes (Hansik) were provided such as Bibimbap (rice with vegetables, meat and pepper paste) or Bulgogi (marinated beef). The program also offered Noraebang (Karaoke-Lounge) on the ground floor where visitors could experience Korean music; from PSY’s popular song “Gangnam Style” to older K-Pop classics. Due to K-Pop’s increasing popularity in Germany a “K-Pop Party” was organised in the Studentenhaus in Bockenheim. In order to set the right atmosphere DJ Seiji from Paris performed a unique mix of K-Pop songs and urban club music.

Beyond being Europe’s center of finance, Frankfurt also gained attention as a place of cultural exchange over the last few years. Since year 2000, the Nippon Connection, a Japanese film festival, has attracted thousands of visitors since its opening. This year, Frankfurt hosted the first China-in-Motion Festival.

The goal of the festival organisers is to increase interest in Korean movies not only in Germany but also in whole Europe. The total income of this year’s festival will be used to finance future festivals.

Films

Frühling, Sommer, Herbst, Winter… und Frühling 봄, 여름, 가을, 겨울…… 그리고 봄 (2003)
Cyrano Agency 시라노 연애조작단 (2010)
Pieta 피에타 (2012)
Mother 마더 (2009)
Detective K – Secret of the Virtuous Widow 조선명탐정: 각시투구꽃의 비밀 (2011)
Arirang 아리랑 (2011)
Jeon Woo Chi – The Taoist Wizard 전우치 (2009)
Secret Reunion 의형제 (2010)
The Front Line 고지전 (2011)
Architecture 101 건축학개론 (2012)
The Man from Nowhere 아저씨 (2010)
I’m a Cyborg, But That’s OK 싸이보그지만 괜찮아 (2006)
Thirst 박쥐 (2009)
A Barefoot Dream 맨발의 꿈 (2006)
The Yellow Sea 황해 (2010)
Always 오직그대만 (2011)
Breathless 똥파리 (2008)
Chaser 추격자 (2008)
Oldboy 올드보이 (2003)

Supporters

Korea Foundation, Asiana Airlines, Samsung Electronics GmbH, Hyundai Motor Deutschland GmbH, Hankook Reifen Deutschland GmbH, Kumho Tire Europe GmbH, Hanwha, Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism, Koreanische Zentrale für Tourismus KTO, Korean Film Council KOFIC, Generalkonsulat der Republik Korea, Goethe Universität Frankfurt am Main, AStA, Pupille, AVMS