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Cube roots lie in high-caliber art films

Cine Cube is one of the few theaters in Seoul that shuns big hits and aims for more cultural variety. Located near Gwanghwamun, in the heart of Seoul, the theater is offering a package of films next week designed to give viewers the feel of a summer tour through Europe. No need to suffer economy class syndrome after a 12-hour flight; just get your ticket and a bucket of popcorn.

Under the theme "Backpacking to Europe through movies," the journey starts Monday and runs to Thursday, held at Cine Cube's subsidiary theater, Art Cube. It's a risk for theaters to operate as European art cinemas ?in the first quarter of this year, nearly all movies screened domestically were Korean or Hollywood films. This show gathers several quality films snubbed by Korean theaters, such as Aki Kaurismaki's "The Match Factory Girl" (1992) from Finland, Peter Greenaway's "The Draughtsman's Contract" (1982) from England and Anges Jaoui's "The Taste of Others" (1999) from France. "No Man's Land," a black comedy about the Bosnian War that won this year's best foreign film Oscar, will also be shown for the first time in Korea. All films will have Korean subtitles.

Tickets for each screening are 6,000 won ($5), but package ticket deals are available. Couples should get the Cube Duo Pass, at 20,000 won, with access for two people to six screenings. The Cube Rail Pass, at 30,000 won, gets an individual into all the movies, while the Cube Day Pass, at 15,000 won, provides access to all screenings for a single day. However, none of the package tickets are good for "No Man's Land."

After the event, Cine Cube will turn to the German director Werner Herzog and his film "Aguirre: The Wrath of God" (1972) from Friday. Herzog, who led the new German cinema trend, depicts a maddening journey into the heart of the Amazon jungle in search of El Dorado. Inspired by the book "Heart of Darkness" by Joseph Conrad, the film presents the inner turmoil of men whose ruthless ambition leads to ruin. Cine Cube also plans to screen the more famous movie Conrad's book inspired. Under the theme "masterpiece versus masterpiece," Francis Ford Coppola's "Apocalypse Now: Redux" will be shown every day at 11:20.

To get to Cine Cube and Art Cube, take subway line No. 5 and get off at Seodaemun Station. Walk east about 150 meters toward Gwanghwamun. For more information, call 02-747-7782.

by Chun Su-jin

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