It’s over for this year. From my own perspective, it’s been a great festival. I didn’t manage to get to all of the screenings, but I got to the ones I really wanted to. We had two top-notch films from Korea cinema’s golden age (The Housemaid and Obaltan / Aimless Bullet), a retrospective of one of Korea’s most important contemporary directors (Lee Chang-dong), a screen talk with one of Korea’s most popular directors (Kim Ji-woon), together with one of the hottest stars (Lee Byung-hun). We also had animation for all ages, and a good mix of other recent releases.
My own personal highlight of the festival was having my photo taken with Lee Byung-hun. But it was also quite cool to get snapped with Kim Ji-woon as well (left).
Turning to the movies themselves, the film I knew was going to be good was stunning (Housemaid); the film I thought was going to be fun was fun (The Good the Bad and the Weird), and the film I thought was going to be mildly interesting was an extremely emotional experience (May 18). So maybe for me the film of the festival was May 18.
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