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Eight Korean films shown at special Berlin film festival event

Eight domestic films were introduced during Korean Film Night on Monday amid the ongoing Berlin International Film Festival celebrations in Germany’s capital city.

Co-hosted by the Korean Film Council, the Busan International Film Festival and the Korean Cultural Center in Berlin, the sideline event was held local time on Monday evening. It was attended by some 600 people, including the executive committee of the 65th Berlinale, as the festival is called for short.

There were no Korean films nominated for the festival’s competitive section this year, but several were screened in various non-competitive areas, including the noteworthy panorama and culinary segments.

Monday’s reception highlighted the Korean film industry’s achievements last year.

“Ode to My Father,” which was also invited to the panorama section that promotes a broad spectrum of film genres, was among the eight films introduced to attendees.

The movie’s director, Yoon Je-kyun, and lead actress Kim Yoon-jin were also at the event.

Internationally acclaimed director Bong Joon-ho of “Snowpiercer” (2013) was also spotted at the event. He was in Berlin acting as an international jury member for the film festival.

“An Omnivorous Family’s Dilemma” by Hwang Yoon was another movie profiled at the Korean night. It was also nominated in the culinary section.

Attendees also viewed previews of short film “Hosanna” by Na Young-kil and Korean-German joint production “Cancelled Faces,” directed by Israeli director Lior Shamriz.

At the German festival, which is known to invite films of all genres and from all around the world, the state-run Korean Film Council set up a Korean booth in order to hold business meetings with foreign buyers and promote Korean films.

“We are holding countless numbers of meetings everyday, realizing the Korean movie’s boom here,” said the council in a press release.

BY JIN EUN-SOO [jes@joongang.co.kr]
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