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A still cut of the film “3 Idots” (India, 2009), the opening film of the third Multicultural Film Festival. Provided by CGV


Hoping to foster understanding between expats and Koreans, the third Multicultural Film Festival starts Thursday at two CGV theaters in Seoul.

The film festival, which runs through July 13 at CGV Guro and CGV Daehangno, offers expat viewers the opportunity to see films from their own countries and watch Korean films with subtitles, while also allowing Koreans to experience the cultural diversity of other countries through film, festival organizer CGV explained in a press release.

The festival features 13 films, including eight movies from India, Japan, the United States, France and Germany with Korean subtitles and five Korean movies with English and Japanese subtitles.

“We hope this festival will provide a communicative space for diverse cultures through film,” said Kang Ki-myoung, the manager of CGV’s Film Program Team.

Expats can purchase discounted tickets and Koreans who accompany an expat will receive a small gift, CGV said in the release.

The opening film “3 Idiots” (2009) is a comedy from India starring Aamir Khan, who is well known in India. The film deals with current issues in Indian society such as education, marriage and work and explores how India has evolved from a “country of mystery” to one with a strong economy.

The schedule also includes the U.K.-U.S. film “The Young Victoria” (2009), the French film “Sarah’s Key” (2010), the German film “The Hairdresser” (2010), the Canadian-French film “Incendies” (2010) and the Australian film “Griff the Invisible” (2010).

Four Korean films will be screened with English and Japanese subtitles: “Finding Mr. Destiny” (2010), “Late Autumn” (2010), “The Man from Nowhere” (2010) and “Haunters” (2010).

The opening ceremony will take place on Wednesday night and features performances by music and dance groups.

Aside from the screenings, the festival offers Q&As with film critics and industry experts, including one titled “Indian Cinema and the Indian Culture,” slated for July 2 at CGV Daehangno after the screening of 3 Idiots.

The festival also hopes to reach expats living outside of Seoul through its “Cinema on Wheels” program, which brings the festival to regions with limited access to movie theaters. The featured film is “Hello Ghost!”, a Korean comedy about a man possessed by four ghosts who demand that he help them resolve their unfinished business.

*The festival runs from June 30 to July 13 at CGV Guro and CGV Daehangno. Tickets are 8,000 won ($7.50) on weekdays and 9,000 won on weekends. Expats will receive a 2,000-won discount. In Seoul, go to Guro Station, line No. 1, or to Hyehwa Station, line No. 4, exit 4. For more information, visit www.cgv.co.kr.


By Choung Hyuk-min Contributing writer [estyle@joongang.co.kr]


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