This year’s Film from the South festival is set to take place 7 to 17th of November, and we are going to start the festival with a magnificent visit by the world-famous director Park Chan-wook. The South Korean filmmaker is going to receive the festival’s honorary award during the opening ceremony on November 7th.
Before the opening movie Parasite, directed by Bong Joon-ho, we are also showing Park Chan-wook’s famous short film Night Fishing (2011). Night Fishing won the award for best short film during Berlin International Film festival, Berlinale.
«Getting Mr. Oldboy himself, Park Chan-wook, to visit Film from the South, is one of the most profiled visits we have ever had. With films such as The Handmaiden, the revenge trilogy (Sympathy for Mr Vengeance, Lady Vengeance and Oldboy) and Thirst, Park stands at the top of the finest Korean films that has been made in recent decades. We are eagerly looking forward to giving the festival’s honorary award to this outstanding film artist» says Artistic Director at Film from South, Lasse Skagen.
Park Chan-wook will be present at the opening November 7th, 5:30pm at Klingenberg cinema. It is possible to secure tickets the the screening of Parasitt here.
Park Chan-wook is one of the world’s most acknowledged living directors, and he has a diverse filmography. He has directed a long list of visually spectacular and driving films and got a breakthrough with Joint Security Area and Oldboy, for which he was awarded with the Cannes Grand Prix in 2003. Thematically, revenge is often a key driver in many of his characters, and with a versatile filmography, which includes both feature films, documentaries, and short film, is it natural to give way for a larger retrospective in connection with the visit to the festival.
Park is going to have a longer director’s interview, led by the film magazine Montages, at Cinemateket on November 8th before the screening of Oldboy on 35mm. Park Chan-wook is also going to be present before the screening of The Handmaiden at Vega Scene November 10th, which appears in extended cut. Tickets to the screening of Oldboy and The Handmaiden will go on sale on the 15th of October.
We are also showing I’m a Cyborg, But Thats OK, his earlier films Samino (eng. Title. Trio) and JSA: Joint Security Area, and the director’s cut-version of Thirst. The festival has also chosen to put together a program of short films and documentaries which further emphasize the diversity of Park Chan-wook.
Full overview of the films shown in the section:
Saminjo (eng. Title. Trio) (1997)
JSA: Joint Security Area (2002)
Sympathy for Mr Vengeance (2002)
Lady Vengeance (2005)
I`m a Cyborg, But That's OK (2006)
Thirst (Director's Cut) (2009)
The Handmaiden (Extended Cut) (2016)
Day Trip (2012)
Night Fishing (2011)
Believe it or Not (2018)
Full program with showtimes will be published on October 24th. Featured views will go on sale October 15th. Be sure to follow this year's festival event here at the website for news about this year's program, guests, themes and special sections here.