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2 Film Series Laud Talents Of Directors

The Korea Film Art Center is hosting a film series, "Great Debut Films That Changed the History of Movies," at the Art Cube Kwang Hwa Mun in Seoul. Continuing until the end of the month, the series features nine extraordinary films that brought international acclaim to their directors.

Leos Carax, the director of "Lovers on the Bridge," made his directing debut in 1984 with "Boy Meets Girl." Unlike the typical Hollywood romance film that fantasizes love, "Boy Meets Girl," shot in black and white, realistically deals with despair and the paranoid longing for love. Thanks to his debut film, Carax became a promising figure in the French film industry, even gaining a prestigious nickname, "Godard's Child," Jean-Luc Godard is one of the best-known names among French directors.

"The White Balloon" is the debut film of Iranian director Jafar Panahi. On the surface, the story about a seven-year-old girl who wants to buy a pretty goldfish seems a bit childish. At its core, however, the film confronts the intricate issues of greed and racism. The film, released in 1995, took the Camera d' Or honor for best debut film at the Cannes Film Festival. Last year, Panahi followed up his Cannes success by winning the grand prize at the International Venice Film Festival for his film "Circulation." Panahi's work has been significant in bringing international attention to Iranian films.

"Xiao Wu" is directed by Jia Zhang Ke, one of the leading new-generation Chinese directors. "Slam," an American film directed by Mark Levin, won both the Grand Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival and the best director award at the Cannes Film Festival in 1998. Both films are included in the series at Art Cube Kwang Hwa Mun.

Fans of the silver screen who would like to see these films from around the world can consult the schedule, below.

Every month, Hypertheque Nada, a theater housed in the Dong Soong Arts Center, selects a director of the month and features a few of his films. This month, the theater will present four films by the maverick underground film director Tsukamoto Shinya - "Tetsuo: The Iron Man," "Tetsuo II: Body Hammer," "Gemini" and "Bullet Ballet" - from today through Thursday. Shinya's films blend a bizarre style with scenes not for the squeamish, such as one of a man slicing open his leg and inserting a lead pipe into the wound. Last year, "Gemini" won the Narcisse award for best film at the Neuchatel Fantasy Film Festival in Switzerland.

For more information about the films at Hypertheque Nada, call 02-3672-0181 (Korean language only).

Here is a full list of the films being screened at the Art Cube Kwang Hwa Mun. For more information, call 02-2002-7770.

by Shin Yong-ho

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