Korean Cultural Service's Korean Movie Night continues in May and June with every other Tuesday at New York's Tribeca Cinemas (54 Varick Street, on the corner of Canal Street, one block from the A, C, E and 1 train Canal Street stops) with Series 3: The Hidden Gems of Indie Cinema. All seating is first-come, first served. Doors open at 6:30pm.
"Korea exports lots of blockbusters overseas but, just like in America, its best, funniest, strangest and most fascinating films are produced independently. In this series we've picked the best new indie films from Korea that have won awards and blown away audiences around the world and we're bringing them to New York just for you."
Tuesday, May 10 @ 7pm
RE-ENCOUNTER (North American Premiere, 2009)
A film festival favorite featuring two powerful lead performances from Yoo Da-In and Yoo Yun-Suk, RE-ENCOUNTER won a fistful of awards around the world and became a major indie word-of-mouth success when it was released theatrically in Korea. Hyehwa is a veternarian's assistant living a quiet life when suddenly her high school sweetheart reappears one day and tells her that the child they thought died when he got her pregnant at 18 is still alive. Lyrical and intimate, it's a movie that sees two people tear themselves up in quiet desperation.
Tuesday, May 24 @ 7pm
MISSING PERSON (North American Premiere, 2008)
Winner of "Best Film" at the Jeonju Film Festival and the "Artistic Achievement Award" at Greece's Thessaloniki Film Festival, MISSING PERSON will mess you up. A real estate agent takes out the frustrations of his job and life by regularly tormenting a mentally ill kid in his basement. As violence trickles down from the upper levels of society to the lower, the entire city begins to simmer and boil over with fear, hate and mistrust in this shocking dissection of modern society, leavened with pitch black comedy.
Tuesday, June 7 @ 7pm
VEGETARIAN (New York Premiere, 2010)
Like a Korean version of Todd Haynes's SAFE, this movie starts when a perfectly normal woman develops a meat phobia that shatters her ordinary life. Unable to stand the sight or smell of meat, soon she can't even stand to be in the same room as her husband if he's eaten meat that day. Turning darker, from a tale of a phobia to a story of erotic obsession, VEGETARIAN was an official selection of the Sundance Film Festival 2010 and it stars a posse of Korean indie scene veterans.
Tuesday, June 21 @ 7pm
CAFE NOIR (New York Premiere, 2008)
The Hollywood Reporter calls it "enthralling" while other trade papers have violently rejected it like a bad cheeseburger, but either way there's nothing else out there like film critic Jung Sung-Il's epic CAFE NOIR. A sprawling, multi-character feature in the vein of a postmodern Robert Altman movie, the film tells the tale of a rejected young lover and his married mistress, juggling visual styles, points-of-view and references to everything from Korean monster movie THE HOST to Dostoevsky's White Nights and Goethe's The Sorrows of Young Werther. Truly unique.