Film Festival

12 Films you cannot miss at the Korean International Expat Film Festival 2016

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We present a list of 2 full length films, and 10 short films you can’t miss at the Korean International Expat Film Festival that will be held from September 9th – 11st, in Seoul (South Korea).

Full Length Films

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Ditches (Zanjas) by Francisco Joaquin Paparella – Argentina | 2015 – 75 min.

A portrait of Zamora, a rural worker exiled in Patagonia in a town that suffers feminicides of teenagers thrown into ditches once dead. Through hard work, Zamora intends to expiate his guilt.

Schedule
September 10th – Deutsche Schule Auditorium – 2:00 pm
September 10th – Deutsche Schule Auditorium – 7:45 pm

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Midori in Hawaii by John Hill – US | 2015 – 76 min.

Midori is a struggling wedding photographer in Kona, Hawaii. Her small world in thrown off balance when Seiko, her judgmental sister comes to visit from Japan. As the sisters travel the island together the reason for Seiko’s visit gradually becomes and old grudges and mistrust begin to surface. ‘Midori in Hawaii’ is a small, breezy comedy that explores the nature of memory and the lifelong relationship between siblings.

Schedule
September 10th – Deutsche Schule C3 – 4:00 pm
September 11th – Deutsche Schule Auditorium – 12:00 pm

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Shorts Films

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Charlie, Charlie by Matt Root – South Korea – 11 min.

“Charlie, Charlie are you here?” These are the words that changed the life of Young-min as her torment from an evil spirit begins.

Schedule
September 9th – EMU Art Center – 8:15 pm
September 11th – Deutsche Schule C2 – 8:15 pm

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Crossover by Enrique Amador – Spain, Taiwan – 20 min.

Madrid and Taipei are 10,000 km away from each other. In each city a woman wants to tell her best friend that she’s dying. Are they four women or only two?

Schedule
September 11th – Deutsche Schule Auditorium – 2:00 pm
September 11th – Deutsche Schule Gallery – 4:00 pm

Trailer

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Family by Seung-Hyun Chong – South Korea – 23 min.

Kim, a man in his late seventies, lives alone in an apartment in the outskirts of Seoul. His life changes dramatically, when he’s offered a chance to see his northkorean brother after more than sixty years.

Schedule
September 9th – EMU Art Center – 8:10 pm
September 11th – Deutsche Schule C2 – 2:00 pm

Trailer

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Like a B1 by Yann Kerloc’h – South Korea – 15 min.

In Seoul, a Korean girl is passing the french oral exam DELF, but the examiner’s questions lead her to speak about her difficult family story. Her low level of french gets worse with the stress, and unconsciously, she starts to express herself with gestures in front of a puzzled examiner.

Schedule
September 9th – EMU Art Cinema – 8:15 pm
September 11th – Deutsche Schule C2 – 2:00 pm

Trailer

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No Connection by Christopher Beaulieu – Canada – 3 min.

A young woman in Toronto waits outside of a subway station to meet her blind date. Despite sending some messages back and forth, he fails to show up. After he finally sends a message saying that he can’t make it, she returns home on the subway, considering the loneliness in her life.

Schedule
September 10th – Deutsche Schule Courtyard – 8:00 pm
September 11th – Deutsche Schule Auditorium – 5:30 pm

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Orphans [A Requiem] by Joel Elliott – Canada | 2015 – 32 min.

While researching migratory birds in Cheorwon, South Korea, along the de-militarized zone that separates the North and the South, I came across a woman whose house was full of photographs from the other side of the border. A mix of historical documentary and fiction, ‘Orphans [a requiem]’ presents rarely seen glimpses of North Korean life. It’s about the sometimes hidden trauma and forgotten casualties of the Korean War, and the birds that seem to echo that history across the peninsula.

Schedule
September 10th – Deutsche Schule C2 – 12:00 pm
September 11th – Deutsche Schule Courtyard – 8:15 pm

Trailer

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Requiem for a robot by Christoph Rainer – Austria, US – 5 min.

Rob, a worn out robot with a corrupt memory, drowns the sorrows of his ‘screwed’ existence in alcohol and asks himself the essential question: what did he do wrong?

Schedule
September 11th – Deutsche Schule Auditorium – 2:00 pm

Trailer

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Street Blues by Nikolas Migut – Germany – 29 min.

Alex is just one of the roughly 17,000 houseless people in Berlin and there are approximately 280.000 in Germany. This documentary aims to show what the homeless value most: acknowledgement.

Schedule
September 10th – Deutsche Schule Auditorium – 3:45 pm
September 11th – Deutsche Schule C3 – 12:00 pm

Trailer

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The Flip by Chung Lam – US – 22 min.

Eddie, a young Chinese-American boy, wants nothing more than for his mother to attend his school’s talent show and watch him perform “the flip,” a fancy cooking technique that he’s trying to learn just for her. But when tragedy strikes, Eddie ends up using it for a different purpose, perhaps a more deserving purpose.

Schedule
September 10th – Deutsche Schule Auditorium – 12:00 pm
September 10th – Deutsche Schule C2 – 5:45 pm

Trailer

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Us And Them: Korean Indie Rock Band In a K-Pop World by Timothy R. Tangherlini
US | 2015 – 40 min.

In a time when K-Pop dominates the airwaves, Korean Indie musicians are making music that breaks out of this corporate mold. Bands like Crying Nut and the Geeks are re-imagining the boundaries of punk rock, while bands like …Whatever that Means and The RockTigers are putting their own Korean inflections on forms as diverse as garage and psychobilly. This documentary takes you on a trip to the Hongdae neighborhood of Seoul and some of the underground clubs that challenge K-Pop hegemony. It also follows several of the bands as they embark on US tours. Filmed in Korea and the US, the documentary is a followup to Epstein and Tangherlini’s earlier ‘Our Nation: A Korean Punk Rock Community’.

Schedule
September 10th – Deutsche Schule C3 – 2:00 pm
September 10th – Deutsche Schule C3 – 6:30 pm

Trailer

To know more about the festival you can see the FESTIVAL PROFILE or go to the official website to know all the screening times and dates HERE.

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