28 de ago de 2007

Heo Jin-ho´s "Happiness" in Toronto

Toronto International Film Festival
The Korean director Heo Jin-ho´s film "Happiness" starring Hwang Jeong-min and Im Soo-jeong has officially been invited to the 32nd Toronto International Film Festival, at the festival's Contemporary World Cinema category. “Happiness” depicts the ultimately cruel love story of a couple who first meet at a nursing home.The 2007 Cannes winner, Korean film “Secret Sunshine” was invited at the same category.

San Sebastian International Film Festival
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GIDAM - The Korean horror flick 'Gidam' was invited to the 55th San Sebastian International Film Festival in Spain, to be screened in the 'Zabaltegi' category of this year's festival. The 'Zabaltegi' category invites films that have received sound reviews in major international film festivals or films by up-and-coming directors worth noticing. 'Gidam' is a horror movie about a mysterious incident that took place at the Gyeongseong Ahnsaeng Hospital in 1942. The film has attracted a large number of moviegoers with its fresh story line, scenes that appeal to the aesthetic sense and the underlying sadness behind the prevailing horror.

Gidam (Epithaph)
Synopsis
In a modern hospital in 1941, doctors witness weird events and learn death is the sole healer. In 1979, Dr. Park receives an old photo album from his twenties in 1941 when mysterious things befell him and his colleagues. Park was bound by his parents to marry a girl whom he never met, but fell in love with a dead woman who happened to be his arranged marriage. Meanwhile, a little girl who was apparently the only survivor a car accident was haunted by ghosts every night. After two doctors (a married couple) involved in these two stories return to their hospital from Tokyo, a series of serial murders occurs around them.


San Sebastian loves the korean movies!
Korean films have done particularly well at the San Sebastian film festival.
In 2005, film director Kang Yi-kwan's 'Apple' was invited to the film festival, and he received the award for best new screenwriter. Director Kim Ki-duk's 'The Bow' also received good reviews) In 2002, 'The Way Home' was invited to the new director category and received a special jury prize and in 2003. And 'Memories of Murder' received awards for best director and best new director.

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