Kingmaker / 킹메이커
Fri. 21.10.2022, 19:30, CineStar
South Korea 2022, 123 Min, OmeU, (Korean)FSK: 15
The political drama Kingmaker tells the story of SEO Chang-dae (LEE Sun-kyun) – an election strategist for oppositional politician KIM Woon-bum (SOL Kyung-gu). Before the elections in 1971, the trained pharmacist decides to support the politician’s election campaign. He earns a spot on his team and helps KIM Woon-bum run for president. Both share the desire to develop the country for the better. But their views collide when it comes to the means by which that end is to be achieved. The film thus juxtaposes the themes of integrity and ambition.
Director BYUN Sung-hyun has already been recognized for his previous film projects. Among others, his film The Merciless premiered at the Midnight Screenings Section in Cannes in 2017 and made it onto many critics’ best-of-2017 lists.
Regie: BYUN Sung-hyun
Drehbuch: BYUN Sung-hyun, KIM Min-soo
Darsteller*innen: SUL Kyung-gu, LEE Sun-kyun, YU Jae-myeong, JO Woo-jin, PARK In-hwan, LEE Hae-young, KIM Sung-oh, JEON Bae-soo, SEO Eun-su, KIM Jong-soo
Udine Far East Film Festival (2022) – Competition Section
Transilvania International Film Festival (2022) – Supernova Section
Udine Far East Film Festival (2022) – Mymovies Award
CinemAsia Film Festival (2022) – Panorama
58th BaekSang Arts Awards (2022) – Best Director (BYUN Sung-hyun), Best Actor (SOL Kyung-Gu), Best Supporting Actor (JO Woo-Jin)