20th Century Screen Gems Reel Them InThe arrival of December marks the approach of the year's end and the beginning of the festive season. How about indulging yourself in some fantastic foreign filmmaking to get you in a relaxed holiday spirit? Cine Cube KwangHwaMun, a theater that opened on Dec. 2, will hold a "Goodbye 20th Century Film Festival" until Friday.
Movies to be shown at the festival include some of the century's finest films to grace the silver screen from around the world. This is a great opportunity for movie buffs who missed them the first time around. The question is likely to be not which film to watch, but which not to.
Probably topping many connoisseurs' lists will be "Through the Olive Trees" (1994) by Abbas Kiarostami. The Iranian director's other films include "Where Is the Friend's Home?" (1987) and "Taste of Cherry" (1997).
Up for a challenge? Check out Peter Greenaway's "The Draughtsman's Contract" (1982). It's a great film, though some find the British director rather difficult to comprehend.
Other films included in the festival are "Black Cat, White Cat" (1995) directed by Emir Kusturica of Yugoslav, Jean-Luc Godard's "My Life to Live" (1962), Andrei Tarkovsky's "Nostalgia" (1983) and "The Spider's Stratagem" (1970) by the Italian master Bernardo Bertolucci.
Also recommended are Ken Loach's "Raining Stones" (1993), Theo Angelopoulos's "Landscape in the Mist" (1988) and Francois Truffaut's "Jules and Jim" (1961). Francois Truffaut is one of the core of directors that spearheaded the French New Wave of filmmaking in the late 1950s and 1960s.
A total of 15 films will be screened. Ticket prices are 2,000 won ($1.70). The cinema is located at the intersection near the Lee Sun-shin statue at the bottom of Sejongno, diagonally across from the Kyobo Building.
For more information in Korean, consult the Cine Cube's Web site at www.ciness.co.kr or call 02-2002-7770. English service is also available at Baekdudaegan, 02-747-7782 and ask for Manager Song Jin-kyung.
by Shin Yong-ho