The Korean Cultural Centre India is hosting a film marathon to commemorate the 50th anniversary of diplomatic relations between Korea and India.
The event taking place in New Delhi from November 28 to 30, features a curated selection of films under the titles ‘The Night of Woman’, ‘The Night of Moon’, and ‘The Night of Outland’ chosen by Indian K-film enthusiasts. The film festival will be held at the India International Centre(IIC) in New Delhi.
This film festival will be hosted by Korean Cultural Centre India with the cooperation of Korean Film Council, Film Festival for Women’s rights(FIWOM) from Korea, and the local Indian International Centre. The criteria for selecting films were based as a result of a survey of local Korean culture and film lovers, focusing on topics of recent interest in Indian society, and the festival’s programs are designed accordingly.
The first day of the film festival, November 28, is “Women’s Night” with the theme of women’s human rights, a topic of significant and widespread interest in Indian society. Three short films featuring women’s human rights will be screened, including <To My Unnie> and <Beyond This Place>, which won the Fiwom Award (Grand Prize) and the Special Jury Award at the 16th Film Festival for Women`s rights which was held recently in Korea, and <Ullarivu (The Awakening)> which was submitted to the Mumbai Film Festival, one of India’s representative film festivals in this year. Along with the opening ceremony of the film festival, a video conference will be held with the Korean directors of each film after the screening of each film.
Kim Shin Ho San, the director of <To My Unnie>, a film that won the grand prize at the Film Festival of Women’s rights held in September this year in Korea said, “India, the country of Bollywood, is one of the countries I really want to visit within the next five years. Thankfully, my movie arrived first. I would like to thank the Korean Cultural Centre India for giving me this precious opportunity. Although the film is written in a different language and in a different environment, I hope it will reach many people in India”.
On the second day, ‘The Night of Moon’ is to celebrate India`s remarkable recent achievements in space exploration technology and industry and send a message of support to Indian society and the government who is fostering the field with the screening of <The Moon>, a recently released movie in Korea which was selected through a survey of local Korean culture & Korean film lovers.
The screening work of ‘The Night of Outland’ on the third day is <Little Forest> which captures Korea’s food, countryside, and the community culture of simple country life like gathering ingredients such as vegetables and fruits, making and eating food, and sharing the cooked food together. One of the reasons why many local Korean culture & Korean film lovers recommended this work is that there is a sense of nostalgia for the countryside no matter how much one lives in the city and the other can be based on the recent increasing interest in Korean food in India.
Hwang Il Yong, Director of Korean Cultural Centre India said, “We were able to see that local Indians’ love and interest in Korean culture and movies has deepened, and its individual tastes have become more diverse as we have prepared for this year’s New Delhi Korean Film Festival. We plan to further develop special programs to introduce and experience Korean movies while introducing and disseminating various Korean cultures in India.”
When: November 28 to 30
Where: CD Deshmukh Auditorium IIC, 40 Max Mueller Marg, New Delhi