7th Korean Film Festival Frankfurt

Korean Film Festival Frankfurt 2018 Poster

During the 7th “Project K- The Korean Film Festival,” which took place from the 26th until the 28th of October 2018 in the CineStar Metropolis in Frankfurt am Main, visitors enjoyed a well-selected film program and a wide range of cultural activities.

For three days guests looked forward to nine different movies in cinematic atmosphere: the opening movie was YOON Jong-bin’s movie The Spy Gone North ( 공작, 2018), which received numerous awards such as “Best Movie”, “Best Direction” and “Best Actor” during numerous film festivals. Also, the FIPRESCI award winner at Cannes Film Festival Burning (버닝, 2018) was shown. Moreover, HONG Chang-pyo’s debut film The Princess and the Matchmaker (궁합, 2018), Dark Figure of Crime (암수살인, 2018) by KIM Tae-gyun, Be With You ( 지금 만나러 갑니아, 2018) as LEE Jang-hoon’s directing debut and Seven Years of Night (7 년의 밤, 2018) by CHOO Chang-min were shown. Furthermore, the film festival showed the Korean remake of the original Hong Kong movie Drug War (毒戰, 2012) by Johnnie To. The remake Believer (독적, 2018) was directed by LEE Hae-young and features actor KIM Joo-hyuk in his last role before his tragic death. Finally, YIM Soon-rye’s movie Little Forest (리틀 포레스트, 2018), which is based on the manga by IGARASHI Daisuke, and JEON Go-woon’s film debut Microhabitat (소공녀, 2017) rounded off the festival. Both movies focused on the main theme that was selected by the team, namely “A Woman’s Role in Korea.” The intention behind this focus was to emphasize female directors and actresses as well as focus on women in Korean society.

Within this year’s cultural supporting program, visitors could engage in different Korean games such as Jegichagi, Gonggi and Ddakji. In addition, the festival offered once again the popular Hanbok fitting and a merchandise table. Visitors could also make lots of crafts with the traditionally produced Hanji paper. Snacks and drinks were provided by the CineStar Metropolis bar in the foyer. For those who also craved food, the festival provided the so-called “Fire Noodle Challenge”. For this game, festival visitors were not only challenged based on speed, but also their tolerance for spicy food since participants were dared to eat the very popular and extremely spicy noodles: 불닭볶음면 (Instant Noodles).

Once again, the widely popular K-Pop Dance Contest took place and started off with a random Dance Game. The participants proved their skills in the three different categories “solo”, “duo” and “group” and could even win prizes in doing so. All dance performances and events were again captured on camera by “re[mark]able” and later on published on their YouTube channel. This year’s K-Pop Dance Contest was presented by the Korean Girlgroup “Berry Good”.       

Film List

Be with you지금 만나러 갑니다
Believer독전 (2018)
Burning버닝 (2018)
Dark Figure of Crime암수살인 (2018)
Little Forest리틀 포레스트 (2018)
Microhabitat소공년 (2018)
Seven Years of Night7년의 밤 (2018)
The Princess and the Matchmaker궁합 (2018)
The Spy Gone North공작 (2018)

The Korean Film Festival 2018 would not have been possible without

Stadt Frankfurt am Main, Kulturamt Frankfurt am Main,  Korean Film Council, Koreanische Zentrale für Tourismus , Korean Independent Animation Distribution, FIDELIS Accounting GmbH, re[mark]able

Lotte Advanced Materials GmbH, Hyundai Motor Europe GmbH, Hankook Tire Europe GmbH, Samsung Electronics GmbH, Cinestar Metropolis, Kumho Tire Europe GmbH, Frankfurt RheinMain GmbH