Korean veterans and bright newcomers alike will have chances to show their skills at this year’s Berlin International Film Festival.
66th Berlin International Film Festival, also known as Berlinale, opened its doors today and will run until 22nd February. The festival, which is one of the biggest of its kind, has invited three Korean films to screen this year.
The Bacchus Lady (Jugyeojuneun Yeoja) is director E J-yong’s fifth appearance at Berlinale. He has teamed up with veteran actress Youn Yuh-Jung (The Housemaid, The Actresses) who has also had her own share of invites to this festival.
The title of the film is an epitome of Korea’s rapidly ageing population that struggle to make ends meet. They are elderly women who sell energy drinks (Bacchus) as well as sexual services to equally lonely and aged clients. Youn plays So-young who finds herself becoming an aide for former clients above and beyond what she anticipated.
Weekends by Lee Dong-ha is a documentary on Korea’s only gay male choir, G-Voice. Lee creates an insight to Korean society’s not-so-subtle homophobia as the choir prepares for an ambitious 10th anniversary concert. Anyone expecting a documentary on social prejudice to be dark and heavy going may be in it for a surprise as this is shot much more like a music video.
Director Yoon Ga-eun is no stranger to the festival as a winner of Crystal Bear for Best Short Film in 2014, with her short film Sprout. This year, the 33 year old director’s first feature film, The World of Us (Woorideul) was invited to Generation Kplus category. It is centered around two ten year olds getting their budding heads on friendship.