Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Southeast Asian Film Festival - free films at Korean Foundation Cultural Center - til Mar. 30

Here are the English-language films being screened at the Korea Foundation Cultural Center (KFCC) near City hall, Seoul in March:

Beyond Rangoon

Date: March 23 (Mon.) at 7 p.m.

Year of Production: 1995
Country of Origin: U.S.A.
Running time: 100 min.
Director: John Boorman
Language: English
Subtitles: Korean
Rating: 18+

Synopsis: Laura Bowman, a young doctor, goes traveling to escape the mental shock she received when her husband and young son were brutally murdered by a burglar. As part of a group touring Asia, she and her sister Andy check in at a hotel in Rangoon. Unable to sleep, Laura goes out of the hotel when she hears a strange noise outside. She witnesses that Aung San Suu Kyi, admired as a goddess of freedom by the people of Burma (Myanmar), wears a graceful smile and goes through armed soldiers who restrain her from contacting demonstrators. The background of the film is the democratization movement of Myanmar against Ne Win’s military regime in 1988.

Love for Share (Berbagi Suami)

Date: March 16 (Mon) at 7pm, and March 28 (Sat.) at 3 p.m.
Year of Production: 2006
Country of Origin: Indonesia
Running time: 120 min.
Director: Nia Di Nata
Language: Indonesian
Subtitles: English
Rating: 18+
Synopsis: Salma is a doctor whose husband announces he’s going to bring another wife into the family. Ming is a young woman who works as a waitress. Ming falls for the chef who already has a wife, and decides to accept his invitation to marry him. And Siti realizes too late that a chance to attend beauty school was in exchange to become the latest of her uncle’s wives. The three women from different social classes and ethical values face a struggle to share their family and love. The world’s largest Muslim country’s film about polygamy with a modern touch has won many international film awards.

The full screening schedule (other films are showing in various Asian languages with Korean subtitles) can be found at the KFCC website: http://www.kfcenter.or.kr/english/art/01.asp
There are always free films at KFCC every Mon & Wed (7pm) and Sat (3pm).

In central Seoul, a short 5 min walk from Exit 9, City Hall subway station. Located in the Joongang Ilbo newspaper building.
See website (English) for transport details: http://www.kfcenter.or.kr/english/intro/05.asp

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