Women Direct. Korean Indies! – Korean Women Independent Film Series (March 2021)

Venue: Louis Koo Cinema, Hong Kong Arts Centre  
Date: 2021.03.19 - 2021.03.20
Price: HK$80 / HK$64* 

In South Korea, women have been voicing out loud through activist movements such as #EscapeTheCorset, #MeToo, #MyLifeIsNotYourPorn, and 4B (or Four Nos - no romance, marriage, sex and childbirth). The first feminist political party, the Women’s Party, has also been recently formed to fight for more influence in the development of the deeply patriarchal and conservative Korean society.

More prominent and realistic images of women have also appeared in Korean cinema. A growing number of women filmmakers are creating courageous and captivating works to make their views be seen and heard, and #SendingMySpirit also encourages people to buy tickets for films with greater female involvement. Proudly presented by the Hong Kong Arts Centre, the DMZ International Documentary Film Festival and the Seoul Independent Film Festival, the Women Direct. Korean Indies! – Korean Women Independent Film Series brings you on a journey to explore the recent wave of women independent cinema. Our selected works observe and delineate women’s places and emotions in the Korean society with great intimacy and delicacy, and will show you a diversity of women’s lives that you might not have experienced before.

This film series takes place from March to July 2021 under the signature programme of the Hong Kong Arts Centre, Independently Yours.

 

Screening Schedule:

19/3 (Fri) 7:30pm*

A Boy and Sungreen

20/3 (Sat) 7:30pm*

Itaewon

16/4 (Fri) 7:30pm*

The Strangers

17/4 (Sat) 4pm*

Escape the Corset

17/4 (Sat) 7:30pm*

Lucky Chan-sil

21/5 (Fri) 7:30pm*

maggie

22/5 (Sat) 3:30pm*

For Vagina’s Sake

22/5 (Sat) 7:30pm*

Way Back Home

26/6 (Sat) 7:30pm*

Microhabitat

27/6 (Sun) 7:30pm*

Untold

30/7 (Fri) 7:30pm*

Selected Shorts to Wow: Movements / Unpredictable Boy / Beginners’ Class

31/7 (Sat) 7:30pm*

The Pregnant Tree and the Goblin

 

A Boy and Sungreen

Director: Ahn Ju-young

Nominated for Best New Actor, Grand Bell Awards (South Korea) 2020
Nominated for Best New Actor, Baek Sang Art Awards (South Korea) 2020
Nominated for the KTH Award (for Korean independent films), Busan International Film Festival 2018
Nominated for Independent Star Award, Seoul Independent Film Festival 2018

Together we stand and laugh

19/3 (Fri) 7:30pm*
*With director’s chat. Conducted in Cantonese or English and Korean.
Moderator: Patrick Suen (Film Critic/Columnist)


South Korea|2018|99 mins|DCP|Colour|In Korean with English subtitles

This is an endearing story about two 14-year-old best friends who have been together since birth - sensitive and fragile Bo-hee, and sassy and tough Nok-yang. Bo-hee has been brought up by his single mother, who says his father is dead. Nok-yang’s mother has died in labour, and has been with her grandmother and father since. One day, Bo-hee finds out that his father might actually be alive, so he sets out to find him, when Nok-yang, a cinephile, has the ambition to make her first movie on Bo-hee, “What if this film kicks ass, and I get invited to Cannes?” On the duo’s way of self-discovery, they meet new people, encounter cruel truths and pure affection, and grow up. What does it take to have a sense of belonging and unconditional love?
This debut feature by director Ahn Ju-young has been well-received by international critics and audiences. Her previous work has been nominated for a Blue Dragon Film Award, and has won the King of Comedy Prize at the Mise-en-scène Short Film Festival and the Grand Prize at the Daegu Independent Short Film Festival amongst other prizes.

 

Itaewon

Director: Kangyu Garam

Between Korea and America

Paris Korean Film Festival 2017
Seoul Human Rights Film Festival 2017
Gwangju Human Rights Film Festival 2016


20/3 (Sat) 7:30pm*
*With director’s chat. Conducted in Cantonese or English and Korean.
Moderator: Steve Chung (Assistant Lecturer, Global Studies Programme, The Chinese University of Hong Kong)


South Korea|2016/2019|98 mins|DCP|Colour|In Korean with English subtitles

In the middle of Seoul lies its epicentre of international cultures and openness, Itaewon, a district that has undergone extreme survivals and transformations from violent assaults and innocent encounters by foreigners over centuries. Three women, Sam-sook, Naki and Young-hwa, recall their angers, sorrows and joys of making a living in Itaewon’s red light street, coined Hooker Hill, since 30 years ago, when US soldiers and dollars from a nearby army base began to overflow the area. As the base started moving out with clubs shutting down, Itaewon has been gentrified into an exotic neighbourhood for young worldly Koreans and foreign residents. The three aged women continue to fight social stigmas and live with memories that paint different faces of Korea’s postcolonial past, present and future, illustrating the endless possibilities of individual dignity, hope and perseverance.
Director Kangyu Garam co-founded an alternative cultural club called Girls Play Girls. She has won multiple awards from festivals including the DMZ International Documentary Film Festival, the Seoul Independent Documentary Film and Video Festival, and the Busan International Short Film Festival.

 

For details of other screenings of this film series, click on the links below.

 

April 2021

The Strangers (Director: Myoung So-hee)
South Korea|2018|81 mins|DCP|Colour|In Korean with English subtitles

Escape the Corset (Director: Lee Mi-hae)
South Korea|2020|60 mins|DCP|Colour|In Korean with English subtitles

Lucky Chan-sil (Director: Kim Cho-hee)
South Korea|2019|96 mins|DCP|Colour|In Korean with English subtitles

Click to know more about screenings in April 2021

May 2021

maggie (Director: Yi Ok-seop)
South Korea|2018|89 mins|DCP|Colour|In Korean with English subtitles

For Vagina's Sake (Director: Kim Bo-Ram)
2017|Documentary|Colour|DCP|73min
South Korea|2017|73 mins|DCP|Colour|In Korean with English subtitles

Way Back Home (Director: Park Sun-joo)
South Korea|2019|114 mins|DCP|Colour|In Korean with English subtitles

Click to know more about screenings in May 2021

June 2021

Microhabitat (Director: Jeon Go-woon)
South Korea|2018|106 mins|DCP|Colour|In Korean with English subtitles

Untold (Director: Lee-kil Bora)
South Korea|2018/2020|79 mins|DCP|Colour|In Korean with English subtitles

Click to know more about screenings in June 2021

July 2021

Movements (Director: Jeong Da-hee)
South Korea|2019|10 mins|DCP|Colour|In Korean with English subtitles

Unpredictable Boy (Director: Goong Yu-jeong)
South Korea|2019|31 mins|DCP|Colour|In Korean with English subtitles

Beginners’ Class (Director: Kim Hyun-jung)
South Korea|2019|50 mins|DCP|Colour|In Korean with English subtitles

The Pregnant Tree and the Goblin (Director: Kim Dong-ryung and Park Kyoung-tae)
South Korea|2019|115 mins|DCP|Colour|In Korean with English subtitles

Click to know more about screenings in July 2021

 

Ticketing Information:

Individual tickets: $80 / $64*

*20% discount for tickets for full-time students, senior citizens aged 60 or above, and people with disabilities and the minder and Comprehensive Social Security Assistance (CSSA) recipients. Tickets for CSSA recipients available on a first-come-first-served basis.

*For each programme, 20% off for each purchase of 4 or more standard tickets.

 

Ticketing Information:

Individual tickets: $80 / $64*

*20% discount for tickets for full-time students, senior citizens aged 60 or above, and people with disabilities and the minder and Comprehensive Social Security Assistance (CSSA) recipients. Tickets for CSSA recipients available on a first-come-first-served basis.
*For each programme, 20% off for each purchase of 4 or more standard tickets.

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While it is the HKAC’s policy to secure the best possible screening versions of our presented films, the HKAC appreciates our patrons’ understanding of the occasional less than perfect screening versions. Thank you for your kind consideration.

Co-Presenters: Hong Kong Arts Centre, DMZ International Documentary Film Festival and Seoul Independent Film Festival
In Collaboration with: Korean Cultural Center in Hong Kong

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