Hong Kong Arts Centre - Independently Yours: Women Direct. Korean Indies! – Korean Women Independent Film Series - 12/12/2020 – 22/5/2021 @Louis Koo Cinema
【Hong Kong Arts Centre】&
【DMZ International Documentary Film Festival】&
【Seoul Independent Film Festival】
Women Direct. Korean Indies! – Korean Women Independent Film Series
12/12/2020 – 22/5/2021
Louis Koo Cinema, Hong Kong Arts Centre
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Co-Presented by the Hong Kong Arts Centre, DMZ International Documentary Film Festival and Seoul Independent Film Festival, and in collaboration with the Korean Cultural Center in Hong Kong, moving images programme Independently Yours: Women Direct. Korean Indies! – Korean Women Independent Film Series takes place at the Louis Koo Cinema, Hong Kong Arts Centre from 12 December 2020 to 22 May 2021. Tickets are for sale at URBTIX now!
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. 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 under the signature programme of the Hong Kong Arts Centre, Independently Yours.
Itaewon records the lives of three woman, Sam-sook, Naki and Young-hwa, as they recall their angers, sorrows and joys of making a living in Itaewon’s red light street, coined Hooker Hill, since 30 years ago. And to this day, they 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. A Boy and Sungreen 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 sets out to find his father while Nok-yang has the ambition to make her first movie on Bo-hee. On the duo’s way of self-discovery, they meet new people, encounter cruel truths and pure affection, and grow up.
Directors of the December programme will meet the audience via Zoom at the after-screening talks.
Details of upcoming screenings from February to May 2021 will be announced on the website and social media platforms of the Hong Kong Arts Centre in due course.
For further details, please refer to the information below. For press tickets, interviews or further information, please contact Zoe Tsang (Tel: +852 2582 0215) of the HKAC.
Independently Yours: Women Direct. Korean Indies! – Korean Women Independent Film Series
Paris Korean Film Festival 2017
Between Korea and America
Date & Time: 12/12/2020 (Sat) 7:30pm*
South Korea | 2016/2019｜ 94 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. Since 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.
A Boy and Sungreen
Nominated for Best New Actor, Grand Bell Awards (South Korea) 2020
Together we stand and laugh
Date & Time: 13/12/2020 (Sun) 7:30pm*
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 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.
【Independently Yours: Women Direct. Korean Indies! – Korean Women Independent Film Series】
Venue: Louis Koo Cinema, Hong Kong Arts Centre
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Independently Yours: Women Direct. Korean Indies! – Korean Women Independent Film Series@ Louis Koo Cinema, HKAC
Co-Presenters: Hong Kong Arts Centre, DMZ International Documentary Film Festival and Seoul Independent Film Festival
In Collaboration with: Korea Cultural Center in Hong Kong
A Boy and Sungreen
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