This year's bigger-than-ever London Korean Film Festival will showcase the work of women in Korean cinema

The London Korean Film Festival (LKFF) has unveiled the line-up for its 11th edition, and notably this festival will not only be its longest to date (3 – 27 November) but will be opened by a woman-directed picture for the first time, marking the inclusion of a strand devoted specifically to a comprehensive exploration of women filmmakers throughout Korea's cinematic history.

Opening the festival will be the UK premiere of director Lee Kyoung-mi’s The Truth Beneath on the evening of 3 November at Picturehouse Central, a genre-fusing family drama-come thriller about the missing child of a top Korean politician, from a director who earned her spurs as a scripter and assistant director under Park Chan-wook on his cult hit Lady Vengeance. Yourself and Yours, the 18th film from celebrated director Hong Sang-soo will make its UK premiere at the Closing Gala of the 2016 LKFF at Regent Street Cinema, having just played at the renowned Toronto International Film Festival. In a typically languid, reality-blurring and soju-soaked affair Kim Ju-hyuk, who also features in the opening film The Truth Beneath, plays a painter who wanders the city after a fight with his girlfriend (Lee Yoo-young, Late Spring) and yet can’t escape a likeness of her that appears to be meeting men across the city.  

Special Focus: The Lives of Korean of Korean Women Through the Eyes of Women Directors will feature 11 key works, moving from 1955 with the first ever women-directed film, to Korea's New Wave and new features from this year.

Some of the biggest Korea blockbuster movies of the past year will also get their European and UK premieres in the Hits 2015-2016 strand, including Inside Men, A Violent Prosecutor, Asura: City of Madness and Seoul Station. 

 For more information see the press release here

To download the programme lineup click here.


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