Korean Film Festival DC 2013
Presenting 20 captivating films and more than 35 screenings across the District, Maryland,and Virginia, the Korean Film Festival DC 2013 (March 1–April 21) returns with a vengeance as one of the largest showcases of Korean cinema in the United States.
To the delight of Korea fans and cinephiles alike, this year’s festival welcomes internationally acclaimed director Park Chan-wook to present the East Coast premier of his thriller Stoker, starring Nicole Kidman, Mia Wasikowska, and Matthew Goode on March 2 (also screening March 1). A full retrospective of Parks’ films will be shown in the weeks to follow, including the famed “Vengeance Trilogy” (Oldboy, Sympathyfor Mr. Vengeance, and Lady Vengeance) and the moody vampire movieThirst.
The March 2 screening (7 pm at the Freer Gallery of Art) will include opening remarks Korean Ambassador Y.J. Choi, as well as a Q&A with Park Chan-wook after the film.
New Korean Cinema, the festival’s showcase of recent films, includes a diverse selection of the best films of 2012. Highlights include the genre-defying A Werewolf Boy (dir. Jo Sung-hee), master actor Choi Min-sik in Nameless Gangster: Rules of the Time (dir. Yoon Jong-bin), and Pieta (dir. Kim Ki-duk), winner of the Golden Lion at the Venice Film Festival.
“If 2012 was the year Korean pop music conquered the world with ‘Gangnam Style,’ 2013 is shaping up to be the year that Korean filmmakers make their mark on Hollywood,” writes Tom Vick, Curator of Film at the Freer and Sackler Galleries, pointing to Kim Jee-woon and Bong Joon-ho, two directors with U.S. film productions in 2013. “The growing prominence of these veteran directors proves what followers of Korean cinema have known for years: the country is bursting with talented filmmakers.”
The Korean Film Festival DC 2013 is sponsored by the Korean Cultural Center Washington DC, Embassy of the Republic of Korea.
Dates: March 1, 2013 - April 21, 2013
Venues: Smithsonian Freer Gallery (F/S), AFI Silver Theatre (AFI), Angelika Film Center (Angelika)DETAILS BELOW.
Admission: All screenings at the Freer are free of charge, first come first served. Purchase of tickets is required for screenings at AFI and Angelika.
All films are presented in Korean with English subtitles, unless otherwise noted. Film descriptions atasia.si.edu/KoreanFilm2013.
Stoker (Park Chan-wook, 2013, 99 min., D-Cinema)
Friday, March 1, 7 pm, F|S
Saturday, March 2, 7 pm, F|S (in person: Park Chan-wook)
JSA: Joint Security Area 공동경비구역 JSA (Park Chan-wook, 2000, 110 min.)
Sunday, March 3, 1 pm, F|S
Thursday, April 4, 7 pm, AFI
Oldboy 올드보이 (Park Chan-wook, 2003, 120 min.)
Sunday, March 3, 4:30 pm, F|S
Sunday, March 24, 6:30 pm, AFI
Friday, April 5, 11:45 pm, Angelika
Saturday, April 6, 11:45 pm, Angelika
A Werewolf Boy 늑대소년 (Jo Sung-hee, 2012, 126 min., D-Cinema)
Wednesday, March 6, 7:30 pm, Angelika
Thursday, March 7, 7:30 pm, Angelika
Sunday, April 14, 7:45 pm, AFI
Monday, April 15, 7:10 pm, AFI
Nameless Gangster: Rules of the Time 범죄와의 전쟁 (Yoon Jong-bin, 2012, 133 min., D-Cinema)
Friday, March 8, 7 pm, F|S
In Another Country 다른 나라에서 (Hong Sang-soo, 2012, 89 min., D-Cinema)
Sunday, March 10, 1 pm, F|S
Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance 복수는 나의 것 (Park Chan-wook, 2002, 129 min.)
Friday, March 15, 7 pm, F|S
Lady Vengeance 친절한 금자씨 (Park Chan-wook, 2005, 112 min.)
Sunday, March 17, 2 pm, F|S
Sunday, March 31, 7:30 pm, AFI
Thirst 박쥐 (Park Chan-wook, 2009, 133 min.)
Sunday, March 17, 9 pm, AFI
Monday, March 18, 9 pm, AFI
Taste of Money 돈의 맛 (Im Sang-soo, Korea, 2012, 115 min., D-Cinema)
Wednesday, March 20, 7:30 pm, Angelika
Thursday, March 21, 7:30 pm, Angelika
Pieta 피에타 (Kim Ki-duk, 2012, 104 min., D-Cinema)
Friday, March 22, 7 pm, F|S
Jiseul 지슬 (O Muel, 2012, 108 min., D-Cinema)
Sunday, March 24, 2 pm, F|S
Young Gun in the Time 영건 인더 타임 (Oh Young-doo, 2012, 95 min.)
Sunday, March 24, 9 pm, AFI
Monday, March 25, 9:40 pm, AFI
Helpless 화차 (Byun Young-joo, Korea, 2012, 117 min., D-Cinema)
Wednesday, March 27, 7:30 pm, Angelika
Thursday, March 28, 7:30 pm, Angelika
A Company Man 회사원 (Im Sang-yun, 2012, 97 min.)
Tuesday, April 2, 9:30 pm, AFI
Wednesday, April 3, 9:20 pm, AFI
I’m a Cyborg, But That’s Okay 싸이보그지만 괜찮아 (Park Chan-wook, 2006, 105 min.)
Tuesday, April 9, 7 pm, AFI
Wednesday, April 10, 9:15 pm, AFI
Experimental Shorts Program
In person: Park Donghyun, director of Exis Film Festival
Friday, April 12, 7 pm, F|S
Weird Business 3D 비욘드 3D (Veronica Chung, Cho Young-joon, and Lee Hun-kuk, 2012, 60 min.)
Friday, April 19, 7 pm, F|S
Sleepless Night 잠 못 드는 밤 (Jang Kun-jae, 2012, 65 min., D-Cinema)
Sunday, April 21, 1 pm, F|S
Juvenile Offender 범죄소년 (Kang Yik-wan, 2012, 107 min., HDCAM)
Sunday, April 21, 2:30 pm, F|S
Freer Gallery of Art (F|S)
Independence Avenue at 12th Street SW
Washington, DC 20560
No charge. Seating for films is available on a first-come,first-served basis in the Meyer Auditorium, located in the Freer Gallery. Auditorium doors open approximately 30 minutes before each show. More information at www.asia.si.edu/events/koreanfilm/.
AFI Silver Theatre and Cultural Center (AFI)
8633 Colesville Road
Silver Spring, MD 20910
Metro: Silver Spring
Tickets for the AFI Silver Theatre can be purchased inadvance or on the day of the film, both at the venue and online. Visit afi.com/silver for details.
Angelika Film Center& Cafe
8200 Strawberry Lane
Fairfax, VA 22031
Tickets for the Angelika Film Centercan be purchased in advance or on the day of the film at the venue, online at angelikafilmcenter.com/mosaic, and by phone at 1.800.FANDANGO #2726.