Out damn spiders, bring me indies
Some of the films may get an opportunity to appear in commercial theaters, but as their chances are slim, a trip to the arthouse theater is worth the effort, although they may not offer a bucket of pop corn with large cup of soda.
Launched in 1996, the Indie Forum is one of the oldest festivals of its kind in Korea. This year, it features a long lost of made-in-Korea indies, some with English subtitles. Among the latter are “Lady Camellia” an enticing documentary about a patient in the Sorok Island leper colony. This 78-year-old woman has managed to keep her wits sharp and her spirits merry even though society isolated her because of her disease.
There are also some intriguing animations on offer including “Ho Chi Min,” which, according to the organizers, explains the essence of the legendary Vietnamese leader within five minutes. Another short animation is “The Watermelon Chicken,” about a boy who wants to take revenge on chickens that ruined his grandfather’s watermelon field.
One of the two opening films, “Un/Going Home” has English subtitles and offers a look at the concept of home, which carries different meanings for different people.
Other subtitled films include “A Scene of That Morning,” “Ordinary People,” “The Wind Stirs,” “The Whale in the West Sea” and “The Faces,” according to the organizers. Indie Forum runs through next Wednesday.
Cinehue Orchestra, meanwhile, offers five feature films from abroad that have won awards at reputable international film festivals. “The Road to Guantanamo,” which earned acclaim by telling the true story of three British Muslims who were arrested as terrorists while on a journey to Pakistan. The director, Michael Winterbottom, won the director’s award at last year’s Berlin International Film Festival. If you want a light-hearted, coming-of-age film, there’s “Quinceanera,” also known as “Echo Park, L.A.,” about a girl who finds herself pregnant as she approaches her sixteenth birthday.
The Cinehue festival runs through next Wednesday at the Sponge House in Jongno, then moves to Sponge House in Apgujeong, southern Seoul, from May 17 to 23.
For more information in Korean visit indieforum.co.kr and www.cinehue.co.kr. Both Seoul Art Cinema and Sponge House in Jongno, central Seoul, are best reached from Jongno 3-samga subway station on subway line No. 1. Sponge House in Apgujeong, southern Seoul, can be best reached from the Apgujeong station on subway line No. 3 .
By Chun Su jin [firstname.lastname@example.org]