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8 Films you shouldn’t miss at the 11th Korean Film Festival in Australia

These are eight films you shouldn´t miss at the 11th Korean Film Festival in Australia, which will take place online from October 29th until November 5th (2020). *Screenings are available only for people living in Australia*

Selected Films:

An old Lady by Lim Sun-ae – Korea | 2020 – 99 minutes

Hyo-jeong, a 69-year-old woman, is raped by a male nurse aide. But few people, including the police, are willing to believe her words. Most people question whether that handsome young man really would have done so. The male nurse aide claims that it was a consensual sexual relationship. Only Dong-in, who loves Hyo-jeong dearly, is helping to free her from the injustice. An Old Lady chooses a social event that is not so common. However, the movie does not easily provoke the audience with the scarcity of events. Nor does it claim to be an incendiary moral play. Rather, the drama gracefully depicts the overcoming story of Hyo-jeong and Dong-in, who are determined to reveal facts, fulfil their righteousness and protect their love in spite of being ignored and shunned. – Busan International Film Festival

Screening Date:
November 1st, 2020 (Sunday) | 20:00 pm (Australian Eastern Daylight Time)
*IMPORTANT NOTICE: Films are available to be start streaming ONLY within 30 minutes from its announced screening time.*

Trailer:

Family Affair by Lee Dong-eun – Korea | 2019 – 101 minutes

Mi-jeong, Kyung-hwan and Jae-yoon were left behind by their mother following the tragic loss of their brother Su-won. They lived out their days with wounded hearts and have each settled into their own lives until one day a letter bearing the words ‘I miss you’ from their mother arrives. Their need to find the answer to why their mother left them overrides the resentment they have toward her and the three siblings gather to go on a family road trip to meet the woman who will hopefully put to rest the emotions that have been raging inside them all these years. (KOFFIA 2020)

Screening Date:
October 29th, 2020 (Thursday) | 22:00 pm (Australian Eastern Daylight Time)
*IMPORTANT NOTICE: Films are available to be start streaming ONLY within 30 minutes from its announced screening time.*

Trailer:

Fukuoka by Zhang Lu – Korea | 2020 – 85 minutes

Back in college, Jea-moon and Hae-hyo were bosom buddies, but their friendship foundered when they both fell in love with the same woman, Soon-yi. 28 years later, Jea-moon, now the owner of a second-hand bookshop in Seoul, travels to Japan to meet his onetime friend, who runs a bar in Fukuoka. He is accompanied by his enchanting young neighbour So-dam, who suggested the meeting in the first place. But in Fukuoka, the traumatic conflict of a long-buried past gradually implodes … Zhang Lu’s smooth camerawork explores the marvellous locations just as delicately as he does the souls of his protagonists. Fukuoka is a quietly amusing film about the ability to let go. – Berlin International Film Festival

Screening Date:
November 1st, 2020 (Sunday) – 15:30 pm (Australian Eastern Daylight Time)
*IMPORTANT NOTICE: Films are available to be start streaming ONLY within 30 minutes from its announced screening time.*

Trailer:

Kim Ji-young Born, 1982 by Kim Do-young – 2019 – 118 minutes

Kim Ji-young is your ordinary South Korean woman who goes about her life in an autonomous way. She cooks, takes out the trash, vacuums and takes care of her young daughter while her husband Dae-hyun goes to work to provide for the family. What we don’t know about the 34 year-old woman is that her goals are universal and far from unreasonable, she wants nothing more than to raise a family and pursue a career at the same time, and to do so in peace, free from societal judgement. The film details the period of less than a year in her life lending itself to explore her past portraying a lifetime of casual sexism that has crippled her dreams for as long as she can remember.

Screening Date:
November 2nd, 2020 (Monday) – 19:30 pm (Australian Eastern Daylight Time)
*IMPORTANT NOTICE: Films are available to be start streaming ONLY within 30 minutes from its announced screening time.*

Trailer:

Lucky Chan-sil by Kim Cho-hee – Korea | 2020 – 95 minutes

A female film producer in her 40s, Chan-sil suddenly finds herself homeless, friendless and penniless when the director she has worked with for as long as she can remember drops dead. Having devoted her life to her only dream, film, she finds herself lost without a clear sense of direction to navigate out of her predicament. Chan-sil moves to the top of the hill on the outskirts. The old lady, the owner of the rented house, is somewhat strange. What′s even stranger is the ghost that appears often in this haunted house. The ghost says he was a famous actor in Hong Kong during his lifetime. Chan-sil gets a job as a housekeeper at an actress friend’s house, and she develop feelings for her French teacher. Her anxieties begin to emerge… her long expired youth, failed romances and a broken career. But life goes on and Chan-sil soldiers on, embracing the hardships and taking each day step by step.

Screening: Date:
November 5th, 2020 (Thursday) – 19:30 pm (Australian Eastern Daylight Time)
*IMPORTANT NOTICE: Films are available to be start streaming ONLY within 30 minutes from its announced screening time.*

Trailer:

Maggie by Yi Ok-seop – Korea | 2019 – 88 minutes

The discovery of X-ray photographs indicating sexual intercourse causes trouble at a hospital. The hospital administration is more interested in who might be in the x-rays than the person who took them. A nurse, Yoon-young, begins to write in her resignation because she thinks it might be her, but when she arrives at the hospital no one else is there except the deputy. During the commotion, strange sinkholes start to appear in Seoul. Young labourers, including Yoon-young’s boyfriend, are mobilised to fill these sudden sinkholes. Not confining itself to conventional story telling Maggie is a film depicting everything from and in between truth, misconceptions, doubt and everything in between.

Screening Date:
November 4th, 2020 (Wednesday) – 22:00 pm (Australian Eastern Daylight Time)
*IMPORTANT NOTICE: Films are available to be start streaming ONLY within 30 minutes from its announced screening time.*

Trailer:

Our Body by Han Ka-ram – Korea | 2019 – 95 minutes

Ja-young is mentally and physically exhausted. She has given up on an 8 year effort to pass a civil service exam to progress her career and has had a falling out with her own mother. Having to stand on her own feet she takes up a part-time job to make ends meet. When she comes across Hyun-joo, a jogger full of vitality and heart, she wants to become exactly like her, following her on her nightly jogs. Through this she begins to see the positive side to life as she redevelops her aspirations and physical well-being. However, as Ja-young continues to get to know Hyun-joo, she notices that the person she aspires to become is full of her own anxieties and is harbouring a few dark secrets.

Screening Date:
November 2nd, 2020 (Monday) – 22:00 pm (Australian Eastern Daylight Time)
*IMPORTANT NOTICE: Films are available to be start streaming ONLY within 30 minutes from its announced screening time.*

Trailer:

The House of Us by Yoon Ga-eun – Korea | 2019 – 91 minutes

It is the summer holidays, and a young girl named Ha-na is trying her best to get her family back together after fights start breaking out between her parents. Hana sets out on a mission to go on a trip to the beach with her family as she realises that’s what brought her parents back together the last time they were in conflict. However, Hana is side-tracked from her mission by two new younger friends, sisters Yoo-mi and Yoo-jin. With a new friendship formed, Ha-na finds that she is not the only one with trouble at home, as the two sisters are in danger of moving houses again having just moved to their new surroundings. Hana joins the sisters on a mission to distract potential tenants by playing silly tricks, forming a sisterly bond with the sisters along the way.

Screening Date:
November 5th, 2020 (Thursday) – 22:00 pm (Australian Eastern Daylight Time)
*IMPORTANT NOTICE: Films are available to be start streaming ONLY within 30 minutes from its announced screening time.*

Trailer:

For more information about the festival and the programme please visit the official website here: https://koffia.com.au

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