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

Venue: Louis Koo Cinema, Hong Kong Arts Centre 
Date: 2021.05.21 - 2021.05.22
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

 

 

 

maggie 

Director: Yi Ok-seop


CGV Arthouse Award, KBS Independent Film Award, Actress of the Year and Citizen Critics Award, Busan International Film Festival 2019
Grand Prix (Best Picture Award), Osaka Asian Film Festival 2019
Audience Award, Seoul Independent Film Festival 2019

We all are falling into a hole of misunderstanding.


21/5 (Fri) 7:30pm*

*With after-screening talk. Conducted in Cantonese.
Guest speaker: Patrick Suen (Film Critic/Columnist)

South Korea|2018|89 mins|DCP|Colour|In Korean with English subtitles

As an x-ray slide of a couple having sex is discovered in a hospital, it sparks panic among its staff and patients. The administration is more interested in who the couple is than who has hit the x-ray button. One of the nurses, Yoon-young, is about to resign because she thinks the couple in question might have been her and her boyfriend. Yet, when she arrives in the hospital on the next day, there is no one in the hospital aside from the deputy. When almost each of the hospital staff is paranoid of being suspected, strange and huge sinkholes start to appear in the city. Meanwhile, maggie, the hospital’s pet catfish, is quietly watching all these…
Director Yi Ok-seop has made several short films prior to maggie, which is her debut feature. maggie has participated in numerous film festivals such as the BFI London Film Festival, Munich International Film Festival and Taipei Film Festival amongst others.

 

 

For Vagina's Sake

Director: Kim Bo-ram

London Korean Film Festival 2018
Berlin Korean Independent Film Festival 2018

Menstruation. Womanhood. World affairs.

22/5 (Sat) 3:30pm*
*With after-screening director's chat. Conducted in Cantonese or English and Korean.

South Korea|2017|73 mins|DCP|Colour|In Korean with English subtitles

Women bleed once every month, and yes, they remain alive. Many traditions regard menstruation as impurity, inferiority and taboo, but women have been suffering from bleeding and its stigma to give birth and raise families. In 2015, America’s National Public Radio (NPR) named 2015 the Year of the Period. As Korean women become aware of period-related issues that are being overlooked by society, such as destitute women’s helplessness to procure sanitary products in both poor and rich countries, they start to demand their right to choose how to bleed. For Vagina’s Sake tells the history of menstruation and shows how societies define women and their rights from cultural, economic and technological perspectives.
Director Kim Bo-ram has been working in story development and has written a documentary feature Upo, People in Wetland (2014), which was selected for the Shanghai International TV Festival and Green Film Festival (South Korea).

 

 

Way Back Home

Director: Park Sun-joo

Most Promising Talent Award, Osaka Asian Film Festival 2020

I really wanted to tell you.

22/5 (Sat) 7:30pm*
*With after-screening director's chat. Conducted in Cantonese or English and Korean.

South Korea|2019|110 mins|DCP|Colour|In Korean with English subtitles

A young married couple, Jeong-won and Sang-u, are about to move into a new home. One day, Jeong-won receives a call from the police. They tell her that the man that has sexually assaulted her ten years ago is now caught, and ask her to testify. Overwhelmed by her painful past and uncertain about whether she should reveal the secret to her husband, their loving and happy marriage is suddenly disturbed by disappointments, suspicion and confusion. As Jeong-won’s old wound bleeds afresh and there are more harsh discoveries, Sang-u goes through her pain with tender resilience and gradual understanding.
Director Park Sun-joo has directed several short films and won Grand Prize for Mild Fever (2017) at the Seoul International Women Film Festival. Way Back Home is her first fiction feature.

 

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

 

March 2021

A Boy and Sungreen (Director: Ahn Ju-young)
South Korea|2018|99 mins|DCP|Colour|In Korean with English subtitles

Itaewon (Director: Kangyu Garam)
South Korea|2016/2019|98 mins|DCP|Colour|In Korean with English subtitles

Click to know more about screenings in March 2021

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

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.

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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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