This weekend I will have the opportunity to attend the Cinema Digital Seoul Film Festival for the first time. It may not be one of the biggest Korean film festivals but it has a stellar reputation and is very well-attended. Many industry folk make the trip as it takes place in their backyard, in Apgujeong, Seoul.
The festival focuses on the new era of digital filmmaking and while its scope is international, the premiere lineup is the Asian Competition section. Young filmmakers, who are trailblazers in the new digital arts, are favored at this particular event.
Despite the predominantly Asian focus, the festival opened on Wednesday (August 22) with a screening of Night Across the Street
(Chile, 2011), the final film of renowed world cinema director Raoul Ruiz who passed away just over a year ago. Closing out the festival next Tuesday (August 28) will be Álex de la Iglesia's As Luck Would Have It
I have not had a great deal of time to pour over the programme (which can be viewed here) but there are plenty of exciting new features from across Asia and of course many works from Korea. Young Gun in the Time
, which I was fortunate enough to see last month at PiFan, will be screening and among those I am particularly excited about are Sleepless Nights
and Virgin Forest
. There will also be a very special screening of Ha Kil-jong's short The Ritual of a Soldier
(1969) which has been restored for the festival. I hope to catch about 8 films during the fest and will cover each over the coming weeks.
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