You were captivated by Parasite. You became obsessed with Squid Game. And you’ve cried over K-Dramas. If you’ve been riding the Hallyu Wave, you’ll be happy to know that the Korean Film Festival in Australia (KOFFIA) is coming back to Melbourne for its twelfth year. See 14 of the newest and best films from Korea. This film festival will take place at ACMI from December 10 to 16. Tickets are on sale now.
Korean Film Festival In Australia
Presented by the Korean Cultural Centre Australia, you’ll see a wide range of fantastic films in a variety of genres. From arthouse dramas, to action movies, to animation, there’s so much to choose from at the Korean Film Festival.
“Korea has always had one of the best filmmaking industries in the world, and with films like Parasite and Minari taking the western world by storm in recent years, we’re seeing a growing appreciation for the incredible artistry of Korean cinema,” said KOFFIA Programmer Francis Lee. “KOFFIA provides an opportunity for Australian audiences to discover cutting-edge filmmaking by some of Korea’s greatest cinematic storytellers,” said Lee.
What movies can you expect?
Kicking off the festival on December 10 is the critically-acclaimed film Minari. Directed by Lee Isaac Chung and starring Steven Yeun, this heartfelt film tells the story of a young immigrant family trying to start a life on a farm in Arkansas. It won Best Supporting Actress at the Academy Awards and was nominated in five other categories, including Best Picture. It also won a Golden Globe for Best Foreign Language Film.
Romantic drama Waiting For Rain will make its Australian premiere at this film festival. Directed by Cho Jin-Mo, this box office hit is an old-fashioned story about two strangers who form a long-distance relationship by writing letters to one another.
Meanwhile, if you prefer thrillers, try Deliver Us From Evil. This tense action film follows an assassin who travels to Thailand in order to solve a kidnapping case. However, once he’s there, his past comes back to haunt him, and he’s chased by a man seeking revenge. It also stars Lee Jung Jae, whom you might recognise from Squid Game.
If you’re after something more family friendly, try animated film Red Shoes and the Seven Dwarfs. In this parody of Snow White, seven fabulously handsome princes are turned into dwarves. Can the dwarves free themselves from the curse by kissing the most beautiful woman in the kingdom?
The Korean Film Festival will end on Thursday December 16 with a screening of Collectors. In this adventurous film, a team of grave robbers embark on a heist to claim an ancient king’s treasure, buried in the heart of Seoul.
That’s just scratching the surface of all the films available to watch at this film festival.See the full schedule here.