Korea is really having a moment here in Buenos Aires, isn’t it? From the new-ish Korean Cultural Center that set up shop in Retiro to the overwhelming flood of K-Pop fanatics that seem to be … everywhere … these days, it’s great to see the diversification of Asian culture evolve against the Argentine backdrop. So if you’re already a fan of kimchi, soju, and bibimbap, why not broaden your horizons and explore all that Korean cinema has to offer? From September 19th through the 25th at the Cinemark Palermo and Caballito theaters, don’t miss the Korean Film Festival. The event is Argentina’s only film festival dedicated exclusively to South Korean cinema and is organized by the Korean Cultural Center in Argentina, the South Korean Embassy in Buenos Aires and the Korean Film Council (KOFIC).
From comedy to drama and everything in between, there’s something for everyone – and South Korea has one of the most prolific and impressive film industries worldwide. Over the course of seven days, a total of 12 Korean films will be screened, including a retrospective on legendary filmmaker Bong Joon-ho, the first Korean winner of the Cannes Film Festival’s coveted Palme d’Or. Memories of Murder, The Host, and Mother are three of his feature-length films that received international acclaim but that until now, few have been able to enjoy on the big screen at their local movie theater.
The opening film, 1987, deals with the unlawful interrogation and death of a college student during the last days of the country’s oppressive military regime. It will be screened right after the festival’s opening ceremony, planned for September 19th at 7 PM at Cinemark Palermo. Other films on the schedule include Swing Kids – the story of a tap-dancing North Korean soldier who was held captive in a prison camp during the Korean War, and Hong Sang-soo’s acclaimed drama Hotel by the River.
Tickets to each film cost AR $150 and will be sold at the Cinemark Palermo and Caballito ticket offices, or bought online through the Hoyts Cinemark website.
Korean Film Festival | September 19-25 | Cinemark Palermo & Cinemark Caballito | AR $150 | Web