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New Currents

The ‘New Currents’ section of the 19th SEOUL International Film Festival features a variety of interesting films that can show the biggest trends and accomplishments of contemporary women’s cinema better than ever. By including art house and independent films as a major part of our line-up, we attempt to outline the global trends in women’s cinema that has been leading the world of art house and independent cinema. One of the important features in contemporary women’s cinema is the re-emergence of recognized women directors including: Agnieszka HOLLAND, the director of the opening film Spoor; Sally POTTER (The Party), an icon in the history of feminist cinema; Andrea ARNOLD (American Honey), a great master of British art house cinema; Kelly REICHARDT (Certain Women), an advocate for American independent cinema who has been focusing on the lives of the marginalized including women; Lone SCHERFIG (Their Finest) who has returned with a new film after An Education. The latest films made by such directors will offer you a precious opportunity to learn about their endless love for cinema, their skilled yet sophisticated vision of the world, and their aesthetic attitude geared toward the others (namely, the audience and the world). The second feature is the strong presence of genre films in American independent cinema. Led by REICHARDT’s Certain Women, American women’s cinema has grown to embrace other genres from horror to sports as you can see from The Love Witch (Anna BILLER), The Fits (Anna Rose HOLMER), The Edge of Seventeen (Kelly Fremon CRAIG), and XX (Karyn KUSAMA and three other directors). The last feature is meaningful encounters with women around the world including Muslim women, African women who are the victims of sexual violence during the civil war, Russian women artists and activists, Korean women who have participated in candlelight protests, and German teenage wrestlers. These women have gone through the experiences that only ‘women’ go through, yet have transformed such experiences into possibilities that may free themselves from all the constraints. Dear audience, welcome to the exciting world of cinema where women rule!
Sunah Kim / Chief Programmer

Films ( Total 38 )


Agnieszka HOLLAND | Poland, Germany, Czech Republic, Sweden, Slovak Re | 2017 | 128' | DCP | color | Fiction

Korean Premiere

Duszejko, an eccentric retired construction engineer, an astrologist and a vegetarian, lives in a small m..


Annie CLARK, Roxanne BENJAMIN, Jovanka VUCKOVIC, Karyn KUSAMA | USA | 2016 | 81' | DCP | color | Fiction

Asian Premiere

XX is a new all-female helmed horror anthology featuring four dark tales written and directed by fiercely talented women:..