The Korean Film Festival 2015

Despite the number four being considered an ominous number in Korea, this was definitely not the case for the fourth issue of “The Korean Film Festival”. From October 21 to October 25, a program focused on Korean movies and culture awaited guests. As in the years before, the festival took place in Frankfurt’s biggest theatre, the Cinestar Metropolis. On Wednesday evening, the festival started off with 2015’s most popular Korean movie, the impressive period drama “Assassination”, with director Choi Dong-hoon, producer Ahn Soo-hyun and actor Lee Jung-jae attending. After having successfully presented the movie, the attending cast made themselves available for a Q&A with the audience. For those unable to acquire tickets to the opening evening, “Assassination” was shown on again that following sunday. Over the course of the festival’s five days, up to six movies of various genres were shown a day. Dramas, comedies as well as thrillers were screened, making for a program suited to each guest. Fans of action and crime could enjoy Seong-hun Kim’s second feature film and break out hit “A Hard Day”. With the all-star cast of Kim Woo-bin, Lee Junho and Kang Haneul, Byung-heon Lee’s teen comedy “Twenty” attracted especially young people interested in K-Pop and K-Drama, and ended up filling every seat in the theatre. The animated movie “The Nut Job” also provided fun, light-hearted entertainment for the youngest of our guests. A movie of a special kind of nature was director Mo-young Jin’s sentimental documentary “My Love, Don’t Cross That River”, who attended the screening and subsequently answered audience questions. His charming and deeply emotional account of an aging couple facing the last moments of their marriage together brought the audience to tears.

As is the case every year, “The Korean Film Festival” also provided guests with other attractions in addition to the film program. Adults as well as children had the opportunity to try on and take pictures of themselves in a Han- bok, Korea’s traditional attire, and to write their name in Korean calligraphy as well as paint ceramics themselves and enjoy tasting the savory notes of Korean tea. A stand inspired by the Korean variety show “Running Man”, where guests could demonstrate their skills in various games, could also be found among the other booths. Alongside the various workshops and the distinct program of movies, guests could also acquire Korean drinks, snacks, pencil cases and pendants as merchandise. The K-pop dance contest in collaboration with “re[mark]able” has by now become a “Korean Film Festival” staple. Everyone showed a great reaction when the solo, duo, and group dancers that come to Germany each year showcased their talent on stage. In the evening, singers also had a chance to perform in a contest at “The Microphone is Yours”. The winner of the Noreabang-Contest won a coupon for the karaoke bar “Melody”. Choosing a winner proved especially difficult due to the surprising amount of many talented singers that entered. An aftershow party concluded the evening.

Films

Assassination 암살 (2015)
Northern Limit Line 연평해전 (2015)
Cart 카트 (2014)
Socialphobia 소셜포비아 (2014)
The Shameless 무뢰한(2015)
Revivre 화장 (2014)
Korea Independent Animation
한국독립애니메션
Afternoon Class
Fabric Cosmos 우주보자기
The Old Story 오랜된 이야기
Mirror in Mind 심경
Little King 배다리뎐
Johnny Express 쟈니 익스프레스
Toilet Concours 화장실콩쿨
The Classified File 극비수사 (2015)
Pirates – Das Siegel des Königs 해적 (2014)
Detective K: Secret of the Lost Island 조선명탐정: 사라진 놉의 딸 (2015)
A Hard Day 끝까지 간다 (2014)
Twenty 스물 (2015)
My Love, My Bride 나의 사랑 나의 신부 (2014)
Veteran 베테랑 (2015)
Ode to My Father 국제시장 (2014)
Chronicle of a Blood Merchant 허삼관 (2015)
Operation Nussknacker 넛잡: 땅콩 도둑들 (2014)
How to Steal a Dog 개를 훔치는 완벽한 방법 (2014)
My Love, Don’t Cross That River 님아, 그 강을 건너지 마오 (2014)

Supporters

Generalkonsulat der Republik Korea in Frankfurt, Stadt Frankfurt am Main, Korea Foundation, Korea Foundation for International Exchange, Korea Agro-Fisheries Trade Corp, Goethe Universität Korea Studien, FIDELIS Accounting GmbH, re[mark]able

AGB Frankfurt Holding GmbH, Saalbau Betriebsgesellschaft mbH, CineStar Metropolis, Asiana Airlines, EUKO Consulting GmbH, Hankook Tire Europe GmbH, Kumho Tire Europe GmbH, Samsung Electronics GmbH, Hyundai Motor Europe GmbH, Koreanische Zentrale für Tourismus, Frankfurt RheinMain GmbH, Club Travolta, JYP Entertainment