Chungmuro fest opens with 'New York'
Seoul event featured 214 films from 40 countriesHONG KONG -- The third running of the Chungmuro International Film Festival (Aug. 24 - Sept. 1) in the South Korean capital Seoul will kick off with omnibus film "New York I Love You." That will be followed by 214 other movies from 40 countries and two competition sections divided by drama and action.
The fest, based in the downtown district of Chungmuro which Korean cinema once called its home, has evolved rapidly since its first edition, when it largely programmed classic movies. Its latest tagline "Yesterday, Now and Forever," is intended to show some continuity as it presents an assortment of new and old.
Other recent pictures include Peter Strickland's "Katalin Varga"; Stephan Elliott's "Easy Virtue"; Lisa Azuelos's Sophie Marceau-starrer "LOL (Laughing out Loud)"; Alan Ball's "Towelhead"; David Mackenzie's erotic "Spread"; and Rob Zombie's slasher "Halloween 2."
The line-up is completed with a "Cine Asia" section, and rare films from the Czech Republic and South America in the "All That Cinema" section.
Chungmuro International Film Festival competition line-up
"Bathory" Juraj Jakubisko, Slovak-Czech Republic-UK-Hungary
"Guard No.47" Filip Renc, Czech Republic
"Seasons" Jim Donovan, Canada
"Zift" Javor Gardev, Bulgaria
"Heading North" Sandrine Rinaldi, France
"Written By" Wai Ka-fai, Hong Kong
"7 to One - Play Big" Danny Pang, Hong Kong
"Overheard" Alan Mak and Felix Chong, Hong Kong
"Red River" Zhang Jiarui China
"July 32nd" JIN Seong- hyun, South Korea
"199 tips to be happy" Andres Waissbluth, Chile-Spain
"Claustrophobia" (Ivy Ho) Hong Kong
"White Butterfly," Kim Sam-ryeok, South Korea
"The Love Birds," Bruno de Almeida, Portugal