First ‘Linkage: Director X Critic’ is a new section of the film festival critically highlights the selected 7 Korean women filmmaker films that were released or produced last year and this year. By expanding the meaning of ‘linkage’ called ‘connection,’ it attempts to reinforce the discourse of films by viewing the films of contemporary Korean women filmmakers in cinematic history and re-reading them with a sense of cultural history. After the screening of 7 films at respective theaters, a video interview with the director of each film, film critics, and cultural arts writers will be released through the film festival online channel.
The Seoul International Women’s Film Festival has selected the most urgent women’s agenda every year, screening related films and setting up forums for intensive discussion. In this year’s ‘Polemics Forum: Translating Testimony and Verbal Statements - Discussing History of “Comfort-Women”-Related Movement’ attempts to reconstruct issues raised when the centrality of military sexual slavery has been disintegrated from the feminist perspective. In particular, it will examine how the structure of wartime sexual violence, victims’ testimonies, and verbal statements have been translated and communicated on multiple levels.
Moreover, in Ann HUI retrospective section, ‘Special Talk: Hong Kong, a City in a Flux and Ann HUI’s films’, researchers and critics of women’s films will discuss the highly regarded films of director Ann HUI, who is a leading figure of the Hong Kong New Wave and has ceaselessly captured the various lives of Hong Kong with daring and insightful perspective for the past 40 years.
Directors YI Okseop of Maggie and YU Eunjeong of Ghost Walk, who both released their first feature films last year, come together for this special talk. ‘Director vs. Director: The Door of Cinema Opens’ allows the audience to reexamine the scenes as both directors transform ordinary time and space into a world filled with suspicion, mystery, and thrill using their cinematic imagination. In this special talk, both directors ask and answer questions about their film-making process and cinematic attempts. It will be a great opportunity to take a look at the creative process of the two talented directors who have opened the doors to their own cinematic world.
Lastly, Feminista, which started at the 17th Seoul International Women’s Film Festival, has played an active role in promoting film festivals and film festival screenings close to the audience every year. Again this year, a talk program with actor KIM A-Joong, the 1st and 2nd Feminista’ will be held under the name of ‘Star Talk: KIM A-Joong X BYUN Youngjoo.’