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

Venue: Louis Koo Cinema, Hong Kong Arts Centre 
Date: 2021.07.30 - 2021.07.31
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

 

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

31/7 (Fri) 7:30pm*
*With after-screening talk. Conducted in English.


Movements

Director: Jeong Da-hee


Director’s Fortnight, Cannes Film Festival 2019
Short Films and Taiwanese Short Films Competition, Taichung International Animation Festival 2019

South Korea|2019|10 mins|DCP|Colour|In Korean with English subtitles

Some baobab trees in Africa grow 0.008mm in ten minutes. The fastest dog in the world, the greyhound, can run 12km. Earth travels 18,000km around the Sun. Movement is a 10-minute animated film which the director drew at a rate of two seconds of animation per day. We are all walking, seeing, working, running and stopping simultaneously.

Unpredictable Boy

Director: Goong Yu-jeong

Asiana International Short Film Festival 2019

South Korea|2019|31 mins|DCP|Colour|In Korean with English subtitles

Myung-hyun, an elementary school teacher, finds out that one of the students, Chang-jin, has not paid for the after-school classes. When confronted, he tells her that he has left the money on her desk. However, the money is nowhere to be found. Having found out that Chang-jin is from a poor family, Myung-hyun tries to help, but the boy wants something else…

Beginners’ Class

Director: Kim Hyun-jung

South Korea|2019|50 mins|DCP|Colour|In Korean with English subtitles

Ga-yeong, commuting from a suburb to Seoul for a scriptwriting class, wants to get closer to her classmates.

 

The Pregnant Tree and the Goblin

Director: Kim Dong-ryung, Park Kyoung-tae

International Film Festival Rotterdam 2020
East Asian Experimental Competition (Terayama Shuji Prize), Image Forum Festival (Japan) 2020
Asian Vision Competition, Taiwan International Documentary Festival 2020
Busan International Film Festival 2019

Reality. Imagination. Resistance.

South Korea|2019|115 mins|DCP|Colour|In Korean with English subtitles

Park In-sun has become an orphan during the Korean War, and has been sold as a prostitute for the US soldiers. She has been living in a village next to the US military base for more than 40 years. Never given the chance to learn how to read and write, In-sun has been drawing pictures on waste paper all her life, chronicling her painful and mysterious world of traumas. On a winter night, she finds out that her colleague has passed away and follows her silent funeral. The Death Messengers show up and spot In-sun. When they make up stories for their targets to lead them to afterlife, In-sun refuses to give in and creates her own story. The desire of fiction resides in resistance, and not staying as a victim.
Co-directors Kim Dong-ryung and Park Kyoung-tae have been making shorts and documentaries on the US Military Camp Town since the 2000s. Their previous film, Tour of Duty, won Special Prize at the Yamagata International Documentary Film Festival and Best Independent Film at the Korean Association of Film Critics Awards.

 

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

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.

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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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