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Screenings at La Compagnia theatre 

The festival dedicated to the best of South Korean cinematography will be held in Florence from 21 to 28 March at La Compagnia cinema and 29 March at Buh! – Urban Cultural Club.

The 17th edition of the Korea Film Fest in Florence will present 45 titles among shorts and feature films – mostly premieres in Italy and Europe – divided into four themes: 

Horizons of Korea – dedicated to award-winning names in Korean cinema, including Burning, Lee Chang Dong’s psychological drama based on Haruki Murakami’s Barn Burning novel; Human, space, time and human, by  visionary director Kim Ki-Duk, who explores the limits of humanity and morality following the events of various characters on a ship; The Witch: Part1. The Subervision, written and directed by Park Hoon-jung in a mixture of action and mystery. Second section Independent Korea hosts works by young and talented directors outside large-scale distribution, such as Nailed, the first feature film by director Ha Yoon-Jae, who will be present during the screening. The third section is the Horror Night, a regular appointment for lovers of this genre. And finally, Corto, Corti, is a space dedicated to short films presented at major short film festivals in Korea.

Actor Jung Woo-sung will be special guest at the 17th edition of the Florence Korea Film Fest. The actor, a Korean star and one of the most beloved in his homeland as well as in Japan, will be honoured by a selection of six titles dedicated to his artistic career, from the generational drama Beat (1996) by Kim Sung-su, to the sentimental A Moment to Remember (2004), a box office success in both South Korea and Japan, up to erotic thriller Scarlet Innocence (2014) by Yim Pil-sung, played alongside model and actress Esom, up until the more recent action film Asura: The City of Madness (2016) directed by Kim Sung-su, followed by the political background crime The King (2017) by Han Jae-rim and the science fiction Illang: The Wolf Brigade (2018) by director Kim Jee-woon, who will be present to answer questions from the audience.

Among the novelties is the K-Society focus, i.e. four films of different genres that explore Korean society and its contradictions, identifying the unresolved issues of an apparently wealthy society. Among the special events of this 17th edition are a masterclass with actor Jung Woo-sung and director Kim Jee-woon – author of The Good, The Bad, The Weird and The Age of Shadows, presented in 2016 at the Venice Film Festival.