In Conversation: Park Kiyong

Park Kiyong

Director Park Kiyong started his career soon after graduating from the Korean Academy of Film Arts (KAFA) in 1987. His major break as a director came in 1997 with Motel Cactus, which was invited to screen at the 2nd Busan International Film Festival, followed by the 2002 lo-fi, black and white indie Camel(s), which received international recognition screening at the Berlin, Toronto, Fribourg, Singapore, and London International Film Festivals.

Later, as the Head of the Korean Academy of Film Arts (KAFA), Park developed the "Feature film & Animation Production” programme, that helped turn the institution into a world-class film school. Park Kiyong was involved with producing many of their feature length graduation projects, such as End of Animal (Jo Sung-hee, 2010) and Bleak Night (Yoon Sung-hyun, 2010), which went on to be a critical success and screened at prestigious international festivals. His credits also include To the Starry Island (dir. Park Kwang-su, 1993), the first Korean co-production with a European company, Channel 4, and Cinema on the Road (dir. Jang Sun-woo, 1995), the Korean episode for BFI's The Century of Cinema series.

Park served as the director of the Cinema Digital Seoul (CinDi), 2007-2012, an international film festival focused on showcasing digital media projects, discovering and supporting new talents from Asia, and promoting the development of digital filmmaking. He also became part of the faculty at the Dankook University Graduate School of Cinematic Content and has been teaching directing there since its opening in 2012.

More recently Park has worked on documentaries, starting with his first essay film Moving (2011), about a Korean immigrant couple struggling to survive after the Christchurch earthquake in New Zealand. He is trying to make one essay film every year on issues he finds interesting - Garibong (2013) and Yanji (2015) deal with the diaspora issue, Fifties (2014) was about mid-life crises. Picture of Hell (2016) and Old Love (2017) marked his return to narrative fiction; with Mokpo in post-production, and a documentary on the 2018 Paralympics in the works.

An extended conversation, this event will give further insight to the mind behind three titles featured in the “Indie Firepower” strand: Motel Cactus, Camel(s) and Old Love.

Park Kiyong’s selected filmography:

Noli Timere: The official film of the Pyeongchang 2018 Paralympic winter games (2018) - Director

Tears of Mokpo (2018) - Director / Editor / Producer

Old Love (2017) - Director/ Writer/ Editor/ Producer

Picture Of Hell (2016) - Director/ Writer/ Editor/ Producer

Yanji (2015) - Director/ Cinematographer/ Editor/ Producer

50_Fifties (2014) - Director/ Editor/ Producer

Garibong (2013) - Director/ Cinematographer/ Editor/ Producer

Moving (2011) - Director/ Cinematographer/ Editor/ Co-producer

Camel(s) (2001) - Director/ Writer

Digital Search (2001) - Director/ Writer

Motel Cactus (1997) - Director/ Writer

Moderator: Tony Rayns

Regent Street Cinema, 11 Nov 2018 2:30 pm

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