The London Korean Film Festival returns at its regular early November slot. With the Barbican cinemas out of action this year’s festival is a bit of a logistical nightmare, with screenings at the ICA, Odeon West End and the Apollo, but there’s more than enough film interest to compensate. One of the highlights of the festival is Im Sang-soo’s Housemaid remake. Director Im will be there to answer questions, and if the Q&A gets to be anywhere near as interesting as his last visit to London (transcript of his Q&A is here) it will be a good evening.
There’s less classic film this year, but we have a valuable retrospective of Jang Jin’s work. Again, Jang Jin will be there to answer questions. In fact, the organisers have pulled out all the stops in bringing over loads of directors for Q&A sessions this year. I heard a little rumour that originally an A-list actress was going to be booked for one of the gala screenings. But she said she wouldn’t travel anywhere without an army of flunkies. So the travel budget has wisely been spent on the directors instead.
The schedule below I think is now the final one. An earlier version of this post was incomplete because it did not have the benefit of the final LKFF press release.
|5 Nov||18:30||Odeon WE||Lee Jeong-beom||The Man From Nowhere (+ director Q&A)|
|6 Nov||18:00||Apollo||Kim Ji-woon||I Saw the Devil (+ director Q&A)|
|8 Nov||18:00||Apollo||Jang Jin||Guns & Talks (+ director Q&A)|
|8 Nov||20:45||Apollo||Jang Jin||Good Morning Mr President (+ director introduction)|
|9 Nov||18:00||Apollo||Jang Jin||Someone Special (+ director Q&A)|
|9 Nov||20:45||Apollo||Jang Jin||Murder Take One (+ director introduction)|
|10 Nov||18:15||ICA||Kang Dae-gyu||Harmony||Book|
|10 Nov||19:30||ICA||Various||Mise-en-scène Short films 1||Book|
|10 Nov||20:45||ICA||Kim Dae-woo||The Servant||Book|
|11 Nov||19:00||ICA||Korean Cinema Talk with Tony Rayns & Others||Book|
|11 Nov||19:30||ICA||Various||Mise-en-scène Short films 2||Book|
|11 Nov||20:45||ICA||Jang Cheol-soo||Bedevilled||Book|
|12 Nov||18:15||ICA||Jang Hun||Secret Reunion||Book|
|12 Nov||20:45||ICA||Lee Jung-ho||Bestseller||Book|
|13 Nov||13:00||ICA||An Jae-Hoon / Han Hye-Jin||Green Days (+ Q&A with directors)||Book|
|13 Nov||16:00||ICA||Yi Sang-woo||A Little Pond||Book|
|13 Nov||17:00||ICA||Kang Min-Ji and others||Korean Short Animations||Book|
|13 Nov||18:00||ICA||Park Chan-ok||Paju||Book|
|13 Nov||20:30||ICA||Kang Woo-suk||Moss||Book|
|14 Nov||13:30||ICA||John H Lee||71 Into the Fire||Book|
|14 Nov||16:00||ICA||Lee Joon-ik||Blades of Blood||Book|
|14 Nov||18:30||ICA||Im Sang-soo||The Housemaid (+ Q&A with director)||Book|
Enjoy the shows.
(automatically generated) Read LKL’s review of this event here.