Posts Tagged ‘Cannes Film Festival’

Drive in Theaters Thursday (Wide Release)

November 16, 2011


Directed by: Nicolas Winding Refn

Starring: Ryan Gosling, Carey Mulligan

Where: Lotte Cinema Seomyeon Lotte Department Store, Lotte Cinema Seomyeon Migliore, Lotte Cinema Dongnae, CGV Seomyeon, CGV Dongnae, CGV Busan-dae

“Drive” took home the prize for Best Director at Cannes back in May, and went on to receive widespread critical acclaim during its release in the US, garnering an impressive 92% rating on Rotten Tomatoes. But this isn’t your typical arthouse festival film that film critics and cinephiles fawn over while regular moviegoers turn their nose up. With rising star Ryan Gosling in the lead, and a plot that seems to promise plenty of action and car chases, it should be accessible to everyone.


Sleeping Beauty In Theaters Thursday (Limited Release)

October 18, 2011


Directed by: Julia Leigh

Release Date: Thursday October 20 (Limited Release)

No, not that Sleeping Beauty. You’re gonna have to leave your kids at home for this one, as Julia Leigh’s “Sleeping Beauty” seems to turn the classic fairy tale on its head. The plot revolves around a young girl who’s offered a job as the subject in some strange sexual experiment where she’s poked and prodded at in her sleep. Its disturbing trailer created a lot of buzz before it premiered at the Cannes Film Festival in May, where it divided critics and audience members; no surprise given its polarizing material. The film is only screening at the Lotte Cinema in Centum City (on the top floor of the Lotte Department Store) and the Seomyeon CGV (directly in between Beomnaegol Station and Jeonpo Station), so if you’re at all interested, don’t miss it because it might only be playing through Sunday.

Lotte Cinema Centum City Screening Times:

Thursday October 20 at 18:35 and 23:55

CGV Seomyeon Screening Times:

Thursday October 20 at 14:40 and 22:00, Friday October 21 at 15:10 and 22:30, Saturday October 22 at 14:40 and 22:00, Sunday October 23 at 14:40 and 22:00

Le Quattro Volte in Theatres Thursday (Limited Release)

October 18, 2011


Directed by: Michelangelo Frammartino

Release Date: Thursday October 20 (Limited Release)

Just when I thought I had this city all figured out, especially in terms of what it has to offer cinephiles like myself, I go and dig up an obscure independent theater that hadn’t popped up on my radar before. Housed in what’s referred to in Google Maps as the Catholic Center, the Art Theater C&C seems to be a small, one-screen movie theater along the lines of the Gukdo Art Cinema in Daeyeon. In fact, although the two theaters have some different selections, both seem to play the same kind of indie fare (domestic and international) that’s relatively hard to come by in Busan. Now, having never been there myself, I can’t guarantee that it has anything more than a projector, let alone a popcorn machine or anything else your typical multiplex has to offer. But what it does have is a selection of art-house movies you’d otherwise never get to see on the big screen, and for those of you living in the Nampo-Dong area, it beats taking the train all the way to the other side of town just to catch a flick.

Starting this Thursday, both the Art Theater C&C and the Gukdo Art Cinema will hold screenings of “Le Quattro Volte,” which won the top prize in the Director’s Fortnight sidebar competition at Cannes in 2010, and has since gone on to enjoy a successful festival run, limited distribution in movie theaters across Europe and North America, as well as widespread critical acclaim. It’s technically in Italian, but with little to no dialogue throughout the entire film, and having been praised mostly for its visuals and quiet, contemplative mood, the lack of English subtitles shouldn’t be a problem (but it’s worth noting nonetheless).

Art Theater C&C Screening Times:

Thursday October 20 at 14:10, Friday October 21 at 16:10, Saturday October 22 at 10:30, Tuesday October 25 at 14:10, Wednesday October 26 at 16:10, Saturday October 29 at 10:30, Monday October 31 at 13:40

Gukdo Art Cinema Screening Times (more screening times to be announced):

Thursday October 20 at 18:00, Friday October 21 at 15:50, Sunday October 23 at 12:10, Monday October 24 at 14:20, Tuesday October 25 at 11:50, Wednesday October 26 at 18:00, Thursday October 27 at 15:40, Friday October 28 at 14:00, Saturday October 29 at 10:00, Sunday October 30 at 18:00

PIFF Asserts Itself as Asia’s Premiere Film Festival with 2009 Lineup

September 10, 2009

Piff 2009


Where: Haeundae, Nampo-Dong

When: October 8-16

The official selection for the 2009 Pusan International Film Festival (PIFF) was announced Tuesday morning and is now available to browse through on their website. This year’s lineup shows promise thanks to a solid amount of world-class submissions – a lot of the films that premiered at Cannes in May will make their way to town come fall. I’m writing a feature article on PIFF for the magazine “Busan Haps” that will cover what to see and what to skip in more detail, but here’s a preliminary list of the more exciting picks:

The White Ribbon (Michael Haneke, Austria) – Cannes 2009 Palme D’or Winner

Like You Know It All (Hong Sang Soo, Korea)

Mother (Bong Joon Ho, Korea) – Cannes 2009 Un Certain Regard

Tales From the Golden Age (Cristian Mungiu…, Romania) – Cannes 2009 Un Certain Regard

Face (Tsai Ming Liang, Taiwan) – Cannes 2009 Official Selection

Bright Star (Jane Campion, UK) – Cannes 2009 Official Selection

White Material (Claire Denis, France) – TIFF 2009, Venice Film Festival 2009

Vengeance (Johnnie To, Hong Kong) – Cannes 2009 Official Selection

Vincere (Marco Bellocchio, Italy) – Cannes 2009 Official Selection

Kinatay (Brillante Mendoza, Philippines) – Cannes 2009 Official Selection, Award for Best Director

Dogtooth (Yorgos Lanthimos, Greece) – Cannes 2009 Un Certain Regard Prize

Fish Tank (Andrea Arnold, UK) – Cannes 2009 Jury Prize

Yatterman (Takashi Miike, Japan)

Thirst (Park Chan Wook, Korea) – Cannes 2009 Jury Prize

Lebanon (Samuel Maoz, Israel) – Venice Film Festival 2009 Golden Lion Winner

The Time That Remains (Elia Souleiman, UK/Italy/Belgium/France) – Cannes 2009 Official Selection

PIFF is also running retrospectives on Hong Kong native Johnnie To, and two older Korean filmmakers, Yu Hyun Mok and Ha Kil-Chong.

For a full list of the films to be screened during PIFF, please visit

You can reserve tickets on the PIFF website starting  September 21st at 17:00 (Opening and Closing Films/Ceremonies) and September 23rd at 09:00 (General Screenings). I highly recommend getting tickets in advance – screenings sell out fast and there are always long lines.

Haneke Wins Palme d’Or

May 26, 2009

Michael HanekeMichael Haneke, the Austrian filmmaker and darling of the Cannes film festival won the Palme d’Or for his latest film, “The White Ribbon” and no one seems to be  acknowledging the giant elephant in the room. Isabelle Huppert, the President of the jury this year, was the leading lady in two of Haneke’s previous movies and obviously has a close relationship with him  (a conflict of interest I pointed out when the official lineup was announced). But maybe it’s just that no one cares. After all, the director is a major heavyweight in arthouse cinema and has a wide following around the world. If you ever glance at my list of all time favorite films, you’ll immediately notice that I’m a part of that following. Whether or not the jury’s decision was swayed by its less than objective President, I’m happy to see Haneke awarded what’s arguably the most prestigious prize for an achievement in filmmaking. Hopefully, “The White Ribbon” lives up to it.

Cannes Film Festival Announces Exceptional Lineup for 2009

April 23, 2009

Cannes Film Festival 2009

The official selection for the 2009 Cannes Film Festival was announced today, giving cinephiles worldwide a heads up on what’s in store for the next year or so in terms of art-house cinema. And there’s reason to be excited. Michael Haneke, Lars Von Trier, Quentin Tarantino, Pedro Almodovar, Jane Campion, Ang Lee, and Ken Loach are among the prestigious filmmakers competing for the Palme d’Or. Park Chan-Wook’s “Thirst” (which hits theaters here next week) is the only South Korean film vying for the top prize. However, Bong Joon-Ho (“Memories of Murder,” “The Host”) will premiere his upcoming movie “Mother” out-of-competition. Other highlights include the latest from Pixar, “Up,” as well as what will be Heath Ledger’s last appearance on the silver screen for his role in “The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus” – one that had to be completed by Johnny Depp, Jude Law, and Collin Farrell due to his untimely death. Most of these films won’t come out in theaters here for months, if at all, but the Cannes lineup usually offers a pretty good indication of the what lies ahead at the Pusan International Film Festival in the Fall.

*It’s interesting to note that Isabelle Huppert has been picked as the President of the jury when she has worked with Michael Haneke on several occasions (“The Piano Teacher,” “Time of the Wolf”). Is this an advantage or a handicap for the Austrian director (whose work I’m particularly fond of)?