The sixth Korean Film Festival took place at Cinestar Metropolis in Frankfurt from the 18th of October till the 22nd of October in 2017. Alongside a program filled with various aspects of Korean culture, visitors were given the opportunity to enjoy food and blockbuster movies.

The movie highlight this year was “A Taxi Driver” produced by Jang Hoon who illustrated the history of the German journalist Jürgen Hinzpeter during the times of rebellion in Gwangju in the 1980s. Through the portrayal of vivid illustrations, the movie depicts the obstacles of students and working-class people on their journey to freedom and democracy. People were given the opportunity to meet and ask questions to the director Jang Hoon and the actor Thomas Kretschmann after the movie.

There were various movie highlights of different genres like “The Wailing” from Na Hong-Jin, a horror blockbuster, “The Fortress” from Hwang Dong-Hyuk, a historical movie and “The Battleship Island”, an action movie.

The artistic highlight of the festival was the K-POP Dance Contest where 20 selected groups, 10 solo dancers and 12 duos were given the chance to compete against each other through performing dances of a variety of genres.

Visitors were also given the opportunity to try on Korean traditional garments (Hanbok) and take pictures in them. In addition to that, visitors were offered to have their names written in Korean calligraphic fonts on traditional Korean paper or personalizing traditional fans and masks through coloring them accordingly. Merchandise such as shirts, movies of previous festivals, traditional fans and many other traditional goods were for sale and those who wanted to please their appetite were offered homemade Kimbap along with many other Korean delicacies.

11th Korean Film Festival Frankfurt