[ENTERTAINMENT]One good European film binge deserves anotherSometimes you get tired of the same mainstream movie pabulum and hunger for films that are more artistic, or exotic. Even if you don't, go to Cine Cube, a downtown arthouse theater this week, and you'll get the feeling.
Cine Cube attracted notice this summer when it screened a collection of European movie classics under the theme "Backpacking to Europe," which met with great enthusiasm. Now the theater is hosting a follow-up event, running through this Thursday, with a new lineup of 13 movies from 11 European countries.
The festival opened last Thursday morning with the screening of "The Landscape in the Mist" (1988), made by a Greek director, Theo Angelopoulos. The road movie about two children on a journey in search of their father was well attended.
One of the best films in the lineup is "My Beautiful Laundrette" (1985), which stars Daniel Day-Lewis as a Londoner running a small laundry with his congenial lover and friend, Omar, an Asian-Briton. Directed by Stephen Frears, the drama is an insightful portrayal of a world where a variety of outsiders converge and strive for success.
The best movie to see if you're on a date is "Un Monde Sans Pitie" (A World Without Pity, 1989), by the French director Eric Rochant, a film about love and all of its ups and downs.
The theater will show four movies a day during the festival, with the first starting at 11:40 a.m. and the last at 8:20 p.m. The theater takes pride in its comfortable setting and sizable screens. Tickets are 6,000 won ($5) perfilm.
Cine Cube is in Gwanghwamun, downtown Seoul and can be reached from Seodaemun Station on subway line No. 5. For more information, call 02-747-7782.
by Chun Su-jin