Bitter, Sweet, Seoul

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European Premiere

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Director: Son Tae-gyum and Shin So-jeong and Kim Hee-jin
Cast: Park Hee-von, Yoon Jin-uk
Cert TBC, 91mins, 2018


Official Selection
Busan Int. Film Festival 2014

Winning at a huge list of film festivals including Cannes, Busan, Seoul GLBT and Asiana International Short Film Festival, Neighbours features Park Hee-von starring as Su-yeon a lowly community officer. Her office have created a creative writing contest called the “Neighbours Story”and with so many entries the job of reading through all submissions and choosing a winner has fallen onto Su-yeon. She has one night to get through all the entries so a local public servant,Tae-jun, who has a crush on Su-yeon, decides to stay behind and help. Thanks to an energy conservation cam- paign the two have to read the stories under lantern light and they discover all the stories about neglected neighbours they had no idea existed.

Neighbours is directed by three separate filmmakers in collaboration, all award winning short filmmakers. Kim Hee-jin whose admirers include Gyeo- ngju director Zhang Lu has previously directed the short film A Brand New Journey which won top prizes at the Asiana Awards and Jeonju Film Festival and is currently screenwriting for director Chung Ji-woo (Eungyo). Son Tae-gyum is famous for his series of short films based on a bestselling comic called Incomplete Life while Shin So-joeng, the youngest of the three, has won awards for best directed and best actress at the Sapporo International Short Film Festival.

Night Flight

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Director: Leesong Hee-il
Cast: Kwak Si-yang, Lee Jae-joon, Choi Jun- ha, Kim Chang-hwan, Lee Ik-joon
Cert TBC, 144mins, 2018

Three boys, Gi-woong, Yong-ju and Gi-taek have been childhood friends for as long as the remember. Though the friends believed they had an unbreakable bond they are thrown into a world of uncertainty upon entering high school. Their confidence in themselves and each other is placed in doubt as Gi-woong joins a violent group of bullies who focus their attentions towards geeky Gi-taek. Meanwhile Yong-ju despairs as he hides his romantic and sexual feelings towards Gi-woong. Not being able to bury his love any longer Yong-gu confesses his love for Gi-woong who is unsure if he feels the same. One day when Gi-woong is not around the gang chase after Gi-taek but when backed into a corner and looking for any sign of salvation Gi-taek reveals the relationship between Gi-woong and Yong-gu. The gang focus their attention onto Yong-gu, seriously injuring the boy. Distraught and scared Yong-gu believes his only course of action is to commit suicide. Will Gi-woong be able to stop him?

Always one to raise questions and highlight societies problems concerning sexual identity Leesong Hee-il has made a name for himself helping to bring queer cinema to the masses. Night Flight was created in response to CCTV footage of a victim of bullying who committed suicide which had a profound impact around the world and especially with director Hee-il who remembers crying when first seeing the video. The footage moved the director to exam the effects of Korea’s ‘cut- throat’ school environments and what that is doing to the nations youth.