As we foretold a few weeks ago, the Korean Film Festival in Australia (KOFFIA) is coming in just a few short weeks to Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne. They’ve now released their full program, crammed full of Korean film from across the genre spectrum!
Here’s the trailer for this year’s event:
The key dates are:
Brisbane: Aug 14-18, at Event Cinemas Myer Centre.
Sydney: Aug 21-29, at Event Cinemas George Street.
Melbourne: Sep 5-11, at ACMI in Federation Square.
Unlike Australia’s more general film festivals, everything on the KOFFIA list naturally falls within Heroic Cinema’s focus on Asian films, so I’m not going to summarise the program here. You’ll find all the info you need on the KOFFIA site, neatly laid out with synopses and trailers.I will say that I’m personally looking forward to catching A Werewolf Boy, the first commercial film from the director of End of Animal, though it’s a very different piece of work. It’s done extremely well in Korea (most successful Korean melodrama of all time!), and it’s this year’s opening film at the festival.
For fans of star-studded heists films, there’s The Thieves, while viewers after meatier thrillers have Kim Ki-duk’s brutal Venice festival winner Pietà and Shin Su-won’s Pluto to choose from. The KOFFIA team have also organised special screenings of Park Chan-wook’s Stoker, his first English-language film. It’s a minimalist, visually striking thriller with three Aussie actresses in it, and not scheduled for general release in Oz until the end of September.
I’ve only really scratched the surface here; there’s a total of seventeen films screening, plus a short film program as well. If you’re in one of this year’s three cities, check out the program and book your tickets before they disappear!