THE 2021 KOREAN FILM FESTIVAL IN AUSTRALIA ANNOUNCES FULL PROGRAM OF CINEMATIC WONDERS FROM SEOUL AND BEYOND
Celebrating 60 years of diplomatic relations between Australia and South Korea, the Korean Film Festival in Australia (KOFFIA), returns into cinemas in 2021 with a line-up of exquisite new Korean films, from across all genres.
Taking place in, Canberra (2-6 Sept), Brisbane (16-19 Sept), Melbourne (16-23 Sept) and Sydney (14-23 Oct), the Festival program features 22 of the finest films from Korea’s world-class film industry.
Presented by the Korean Cultural Centre Australia, KOFFIA showcases the very best of Korean culture through film, from haunting arthouse dramas, heart-pumping action, animations, thrillers and more, the Festival presents a stellar program of films from Korea’s top filmmakers.
KOFFIA Programmer Francis Lee says “Korea has always had one of the best filmmaking industries in the world, and with films like Parasite and Minari taking the western world by storm in recent years, we’re seeing a growing appreciation for the incredible artistry of Korean cinema.”
“KOFFIA provides an opportunity for Australian audiences to discover cutting-edge filmmaking by some of Korea’s greatest cinematic storytellers,” said Lee.
KOFFIA is a cinematic experience for people of all tastes, ages and cultural backgrounds. As such, every film presented at the Festival screens with English subtitles.
The program includes:
K-Dramas are celebrated the world over for their rich stories and quite poignancy. So it’s no wonder that the 2021 KOFFIA program features a slew of these masterful pieces of cinema.
The winner of multiple awards since its debut at the 2020 Sundance Film Festival including the Golden Globe for Best Film in a Foreign Language, Lee Isaac Chung’s Minari is a beautifully shot heartfelt drama of one family’s experience after moving from Los Angeles to Arkansas to start a farm in the early 1980’s.
Life, death, mortality and family responsibilities are at the heart of director KOH Hoon’s feature film Paper Flower which follows the life of an old mortician, his unwell son and the events that take place when a new family moves next door.
Korean box office smash Waiting for Rain is a highly anticipated addition to the Festival program. Directed by CHO Jin-mo, Waiting for Rain is an old-fashioned tale of a long-distance relationship conducted by a written letter between two strangers. A man sends a love letter to his past love, but she is sick and the woman’s sister replies as her instead.
Way Back Home is about a housewife who receives a call from the police alerting her that they have arrested the man who raped her 10 years prior. Reluctant to tell her husband, her past is slowly revealed little by little, throwing married life off balance.
A debut feature film by director LEE Tae-Gyeom, I Don’t Fire Myself, is a sobering social drama that highlights the discriminatory and dark side of modern capitalist society as one woman face a desperate struggle for her life and existence.
Kids are Fine is a fun-filled yet sentimental film following the adventure of three 9-year-old kids who set out on a daring journey to find one of their ailing mothers after she is transferred to a faraway hospital.
Other dramas in the Festival program include director KIM Hyun-tak’s compelling and emotional I; Somewhere in Between which follows a young man who returns home without hope for his future and finds hope and comfort; musical film Spring Song; and the romantic dramas Double Patty, Josée and Shades of the Heart.
In a heart-warming ode to family and the healing power of food, director PARK Hye-Ryoung, The Wandering Chef, embarks on a journey with Korean celebrity chef IM Jiho as he travels the Korean peninsula in search of the most authentic and unique ingredients with medicinal properties.
A fun family adventure with a strong message of “Don’t judge a book by its cover” is the animated film Red Shoes and the Seven Dwarfs. The film is a parody of Snow White and follows seven dwarfs, once seven princes, who can only break their curse by kissing the most beautiful woman in the kingdom.
Action-packed with thrillingly choreographed fight scenes, The Swordsman is set in the 17th-century during a time when ruling dynasties in Korea and China were in significant transition.
Pipeline is a gripping crime film following six thieves who hope to change their lives planning an oil heist by drilling into Korea’s biggest pipeline.
A surprisingly funny, smart and deep story, More Than Family, follows university student To-il who gets pregnant while dating her 19-year-old tutoring student and embarks on a journey to find her biological father.
Samjin Company English Class is a classic David and Goliath story where three talented women who are trapped in roles as mere office assistants, eventually become key drivers against an unethical corporate scheme.
Action Comedy flick, The Golden Holiday, follows a detective on holiday with his family in the Philippines who becomes entangled in an investigation of a local murder case.
Suspenseful mystery thriller Recalled is about a woman who wakes up one day and learns that she’s lost her memory and begins to experience hallucinations that she feels portend future murderous events. Her doting husband cares for her at home but things are not what they seem.
Deliver Us From Evil is a frenzied hit-man thriller following an assassin who goes to Thailand to solve a kidnapping case, only to find himself being chased by a man whose sibling he killed.
An adventurous fun-filled film, Collectors is a heist film that documents the journey where a team of grave robbers set out to claim an ancient king’s treasure buried in the royal tomb located in the heart of Seoul.
Tickets to the Korean Film Festival in Brisbane
2021 KOFFIA screening dates and locations:
Brisbane: September 16 – 19 | Elizabeth Picture Theatre