With Dada Chen at NYAFF 2013

With Dada Chen at NYAFF 2013
With Dada Chen at NYAFF 2013

Thursday, July 25, 2013

ACF 1987: ContemporAsian: Focus on Korea film series at MoMA

ContemporAsian: Focus on Korea @ MoMA
When: Monday, August 5 to Sunday, August 11, 2013
Where:  MoMA, 11 West 53 Street, New York, NY 10019
(By Subway, E, M to 53rd Street and Fifth Avenue
or B, D, F to 47-50 Street Rockefeller Center)
Series and ticket info here

The Korea Society and MoMA (The Museum of Modern Art) co-presents 'Focus on Korea' as part of 'ContemporAsian' film series which presents many contemporary Asian films from pan-Asian countries. The series selects critically lauded Korean films, highlighting current social issues, injustice and human nature. The films maximize distinctive narrative skills from some of Korea's insightful and penetrative renegade filmmakers.

Three directors will be presented: Dir. Chung J-young (National Security), Dir. Lee Ji-seung (Azooma) and Dir. Jeon Soo-il (El Condo Pasa). National Security (New York premier) garnered acclaim by The Hollywood Reporter as "one such picture from South Korea, an entirely sincere and dignified effort by Chung Ji-young." Screen Daily commented that "El Condo Pasa (New York Premier) is a compelling addition to Jeon Soo-il's body of work," noting that the film "mirrors the Themes of religion, grief and forgiveness found in Lee Chang-dong's Secret Sunshine (2007)." Director Lee's Azooma had accolades from Beyond Hollywood, "Azooma is certainly a very angry film, though justifiably so, and it's all the more powerful for the fact that it's very well made."

Azooma (Gongjeongsahoe) 2012 (74 min, T2) directed by Lee Ji-seung.
An ordinary mother stands up against the corrupt and dysfunctional society plays the main protagonist in Azooma to protect her daughter. Friday, August 9, 2013 @7:00 p.m. (filmmaker present for this screening)

National Security
National Security (Namyeong-dong 1985) 2012 (106 min, T2) directed by Chung Ji-young.
This film is based on the memoir written by the late Kim Geun-tae, a famous politician and the former Minister of Health and Welfare in Korea. Kim was captured, imprisoned, and tortured for 22 days at a specially designed facility located at Namyoung-dong on September 1985. Monday, August 5, 2013 @7:00 p.m.; Tuesday, August 6, 2013 @4:00 p.m.; Wednesday, August 7, 2013 @7:00 p.m.; Thursday, August 8, 2013 @4:00 p.m.; Friday, August 9, 2013 @4:00 p.m. (filmmaker present for Friday's screening; Saturday, August 10, 2013 @1:30 p.m

El Condor Pasa
El Condor Pasa (Kon-dol-eun Nal-a-gan-da) 2012 (101 min, T2) directed by JeonSoo-il.
Catholic priest Park adored and cared much about a middle school girl, but she was murdered. He departs journey to look for the redemption. Sunday, August 11, 2013 @ 5:00 p.m. (filmmaker present for this screening)

Sleepless Night (Jammotdeuneun Bam) 2012 (65 min, T2) directed by Jang Kun-jae.
A working middle-class married couple in their early thirties struggle through daily trials and facing the decision of starting a family. Saturday, August 10, 2013 @ 7:30 p.m./Sunday, August 11, 2013 @2:00 p.m.

White Night (Baek-ya) 2012 (75 min, T2) directed by Leesong Hee-il.
The film is loosely based on a real-life hate crime that happened in Seoul, and two men try to overcome from the wound.Saturday, August 10, 2013 @ 4:00 p.m.

All films are in Korean with English subtitles.

This program is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in Partnership with the City Council.