London Korean Film Festival Goes Digital for 15th Edition

'Me and Me'
Courtesy of London Korean Film Festival

'Me and Me'

Moving online due to the ongoing pandemic, the event will feature European premieres for Kang Dae-gyu's 'Pawn' and Jung Jinyoung's 'Me and Me.'

The London Korean Film Festival (LKFF) is going partially digital for the first time as the U.K. continues to grapple with the ongoing novel coronavirus pandemic.

The 15th edition of the event will have physical screenings but also elements that will be purely online. The festival is looking to build on the unprecedented global interest in Korean cinema, buoyed by Parasite's stunning success at Cannes and also the Academy Awards earlier this year. In a nod to Parasite director Bong Joon Ho, LKFF will screen two of the filmmaker's early shorts, the mockumentary Influenza (2004) and breakout early work Incoherence (1994) as well as his rare on-screen acting performance in Kang Dae-hee’s Some Light? (2009).

LKFF will open Oct. 29 with the European premiere of Kang Dae-gyu's dramedy Pawn starring Sung Dong-il and Kim Hee-won which was edited by Yang Jin-mo who received an Academy Award nomination for his work on Parasite. The festival will close Nov. 12 with the U.K. premiere of Kim Jinyu’s family drama Bori. 

Other highlights include the European premieres of Jung Jinyoung’s genre-bending mystery Me & Me (2020), which garnered special jury mentions at the Fantasia Festival, and Hong Sangsoo's The Woman Who Ran which won the Silver Bear at the Berlin Film Festival this year. There are also U.K. premieres for Yoon Dan-bi's coming-of-age drama Moving On and Lee Jae-kyoo's Intimate Strangers.

The full program for the festival will be announced soon, including screenings, introductions and Q&As.

LKFF runs from Oct. 29 through to Nov. 12 with cinema screenings in London and online screenings available to audiences across the U.K.