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10 Films you cannot miss at the Seoul International Women’s Film Festival 2017

We selected 10 Films you cannot miss at the 19th Seoul International Women’s Film Festival that is taking place from June 1st – 7th, in Seoul (South Korea).

American Honey by Andrea Arnold – UK, USA | 2016 – 162 min.
New Currents Section

A teenage girl with nothing to lose joins a traveling magazine sales crew, and gets caught up in a whirlwind of hard partying, law bending and young love as shecriss-crosses the Midwest with a band of misfits.

Schedule
June 3rd Saturday – Megabox Sinchon 5 – 17:30 pm
June 7th Wednesday – Megabox Sinchon 5 – 13:00 pm

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Awol by Deb Shoval – USA | 2016 – 82 min.
Queer Rainbow Section

Joey is an aimless young woman searching for a direction in her small town in rural Pennsylvania. A visit to an Army recruiting office appears to provide her a path but when she meets and falls in love with Rayna, a rough and tumble housewife neglected by her long-haul trucker husband, that path diverges in ways that neither woman anticipated. As Joey falls deeper in love, she begins to lose sight of what’s most important to her while also becoming blind to the mistakes she is making. AWOL, a clear-eyed love story told with an assured voice and impressive attention to detail, is a beautiful romantic drama that is both tender and tough in equal measure.

Schedule
June 3rd Saturday – Megabox Sinchon 7 – 12:20 pm
June 6th Tuesday – Megabox Sinchon Comfort 4 – 20:30 pm

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Duck Town by Yoo Ji-young – South Korea | 2016 – 88 min.
New Currents Section

Oh Hee-jungwas born and raised in the city of Daegu. With hopes of transferring to auniversity in Seoul, Hee-jung studies hard while dreaming of escaping her hometown. She works at a paddleboat rental ticketing office to save up for her tuition. One day while she dozes off on the job, unexpected accidents happen where she unintentionally watches on. When she returns to the site of the accident that night to drop a life jacket into the water, CHA Young-mok catches her red-handed. Once Young-mok gets involved in Hee-jung’s life, things start to get messy.

Schedule
June 3rd Saturday – Megabox Sinchon 2 – 10:00 am
June 7th Wednesday – Megabox Sinchon 7 – 19:30 pm

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Lipstick under My Burkha by Alankrita Shrivastava – India | 2016 – 117 min.
New Currents Section

In rural India, a burkha-clad college girl struggles with issues of cultural identity andher aspirations to become a pop singer. A young two-timing beautician seeks to escapethe claustrophobia of her small town. An oppressed housewife and mother of three livesthe alternate life of an enterprising saleswoman. A 55-year-old widow rediscovers hersexuality through a phone romance. Caught in a conservative society, these women setforth to break the mold, in search of a little freedom.

Schedule
June 2nd Friday – Megabox Sinchon 2 – 12:00 pm
June 3rd Saturday – Megabox Sinchon 7 – 14:20 pm

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Missing by E Oni – South Korea | 2016 – 100 min.
New Currents Section

Working in TV series marketing, Ji-sun’s daily life is like a war: not only struggling hard at work, she’s involved in a custody battle for her 18-month-old daughter Da-eun. The baby Da-eun spends most of the time with the nanny Han-mae. Luckily, Da-eun seems to get along well with her nanny. One day, when Ji-sun gets back home after work, she finds both Han-mae and Da-eun disappeared. Due to the custody battle, Ji-sun doesn’t dare to call the police. She starts by asking the neighbor who first introduced Han-mae. But the neighbor already quit the job and Han-mae’s certification turns out to be someone else’s…

Schedule
June 5th Monday – Megabox Sinchon 7 – 10:30 am

 

The Party by Sally Potter – UK | 2017 – 71 min.
New Currents Section

The Party – a comedy wrappedaround a tragedy – unfolds in real time in a house in London in the presentday. Janet is hosting an intimate gathering of friends to celebrate her promotion to Shadow Minister of Health in the party of opposition. Her husband, Bill, seems preoccupied. As their friends arrive, some of whom have their own dramatic news to share, the soirée gradually unravels. An announcement by Bill provokes a series of revelations that rapidly escalate into all-out confrontation. As people’s illusions about themselves and each other go up in smoke, along with the canapes, the Party becomes a night that began with champagne but ends with blood on the floor.

Schedule
June 3rd – Saturday – Megabox Sinchon 2 – 18:00 pm
June 4th – Sunday – Megabox Sinchon 5 – 20:00 pm
June 6th – Tuesday – Megabox Sinchon 2 – 20:00 pm

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The Truth Beneath by Lee Kyoung-mi – South Korea | 2016 – 103 min.
New Currents Section

Jong-chan is a dynamic young conservative politicianwho is leading polls for an upcoming election. His wife Yeon-hong is busy helping him behind the scenes, but 15 days before the election, their daughter Min-jin disappears. Although it’s not the first time she has run off, Yeon-hong is taken aback, and becomes increasingly desperate as the days pass and her daughter doesn’t appear. Meanwhile tension rises between the couple as the police fail to come up with any clues and Jong-chan continues to devote himself to the campaign. Then Yeon-hong begins to discover that many of the things her daughter told her about her school life and friends were all lies. She uncovers darker secrets that threaten to tear her life apart.

Schedule
June 6th Tuesday – Megabox Sinchon 7 – 20:00 pm

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The world of us by Yoon Ga-eun – South Korea | 2015 – 95 min.
New Currents Section

On the first day of summer vacation, Sun, an outcast at school meets Jia who is new in town. They become best friends ever, sharing their secrets and spending the most beautiful summer together. But when the new school year begins, Sun notices a strange vibe around Jia. Trying to get along with Bora and other cool kids who always leave Sun out on purpose, Jia starts to distance herself from Sun. In the meantime, Sun does not want to be a lonely kid again. Desperate and upset without being able to restore her friendship with Jia, Sun reveals Jia’s deepest secret. Are there any chances for Sun and Jiato become “best friends” again?

Schedule
June 6th Tuesday – Megabox Sinchon Comfort 4 – 12:00 pm

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Three Sassy Sisters by Nia Dinata – Indonesia | 2016 – 124 min.
New Currents Section

Three sassy sisters have so much passion in running their family boutique hotel by the beach in the eastern part of Indonesia’s archipelago.Gendis is the first child whose passion is cooking.She devotes all her energy to ensure an unforgettable gastronomical experience. The second child, Ellais a kind and impressionable woman who chooses to lead the public relation and marketing divisions of their hotel. Bebe is the youngest and the free spirited one. She is the closest to the locals of the town. Meanwhile, grandma who lives with her three granddaughters is on the brink of frustration. She is unable to find an ideal match for her granddaughters. She doesn’t give up. Her ultimate goal in life is to find suitable men for them.

Schedule
June 2nd Friday – Megabox Sinchon 7 – 10:30 am
June 7 Wednesday – Megabox Sinchon Comfort 4 – 10:00 am

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XX by Annie Clark, Roxanne Benjamin, Jovanka Vuckovic, Karyn Kusama
USA | 2016 – 81 min.
New Currents Section

XX is a new all-female helmed horror anthology featuring four dark tales written and directed by fiercely talented women: Annie CLARK (St. Vincent) rocks her directorial debut with The Birthday Party; Karyn KUSAMA (Theinvitation, Girlfight) exorcises Her Only Living Son; Roxanne BENJAMIN (Southbound) screams Don’t Fall; and Jovanka VUCKOVIC (The Captured Bird) dares to open The Box. Award-winning animator Sofia CARRILLO (La Casa Triste) wraps together four suspenseful stories of terror featuring a cast including Natalie BROWN, Melanie LYNSKEY, Breeda WOOL and Christina KIRK.

Schedule
June 3rd Saturday – Megabox Sinchon 2 – 21:00 pm
June 5th Monday – Megabox Sinchon 7 – 20:30 pm

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You may also find interested to know which are the:
20 Short Films you cannot miss at the Seoul International Women’s Film Festival
5 Documentaries you cannot miss at the Seoul International Women’s Film Festival

 

To know more about this festival please go to the Festival Profile or to the Official Website.

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