Keep these dates in your diaries! 7th – 18th October 2015, the BFI London Film Festival returns for another year of showcasing extraordinary film from 71 countries. 4 of those films shown are Korean and are much anticipated. Each film has two screenings this year which helps those travelling from outside the city to catch either of the two showings.

Tickets go on sale 17th September at 10:00am.

“Assassination”  2014

Friday 09 October 2015 21:15, Picturehouse Central, Screen 1
Saturday 10 October 2015 11:30, Odeon Leicester Square

Korea in the year 1933, the country is occupied by the Japanese army. Many warriors of the resistance where forced into the exile in China. Now they are trying to organize the fight from the distance. Now the resistance has learned that the highest commander of the Japanese army is going to visit Korea. They decide to take the chance and kill him by assassination. But the only sniper who is able to make that shot is Ahn Ok-yun, who is serving her time in the prison of Shanghai. The resistance agent Yem Sek-jin is set to get her and her comrades out, but his plan is offered to the Japanese by a traitor. Now, Ok-yun and her warriors not just have to flee from the Chinese prison, she also must face the Japanese army and a very special hit-man, assigned to take her down. (source: IMDB)


“Madonna”  2015

Wednesday 14 October 2015 20:45, BFI Southbank, NFT2.
Friday 16 October 2015 21:00, Rich Mix Cinema, Screen 1.

Hye-rim, a 35-year-old woman, finds a job at a hospital as a caregiver assigned to a quadriplegic VIP patient who practically owns the hospital. For the past 10 years, the VIP patient’s son Sang-woo has been desperately keeping him alive for money, ordering the doctors to perform several heart transplants despite recurrent heart failures. In need of another one, Sang-woo takes a brain dead unidentified woman as a donor and asks Hye-rim to look into her background. She discovers that the woman was once a prostitute known as ‘Madonna’ who has experienced a lifetime of abuse, and that she is pregnant. In an attempt to save Madonna’s unborn child, Hye-rim goes against Sang-woo’s orders and searches for the baby’s father. (source: Festival De Cannes)


“My Love, Don’t Cross That River”  2014

Thursday 08 October 2015 13:00, BFI Southbank, NFT2.
Saturday 10 October 2015 15:30, Rich Mix Cinema, Screen 1.

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“Lovebirds Jo Byeong-man and Kang Kye-yeol have been married for 76 years. He is 98, she 89, and still they fall asleep hand-in-hand, their love as strong as it was on their wedding day. However, with Jo becoming ever more frail, they must now begin to face up to what it will mean to live without the other – to ask the question of how one will survive when the love of their life leaves them behind. A quiet, heartbreaking portrait of love in its purest form from first-time documentary maker Jin Mo-young, My Love, Don’t Cross That River has become the most successful independent Korean film of all time – with a micro-budget of just $100,000 it has taken more than $33 million at the Korean box office, and recently won the Best Documentary prize at the Los Angeles Film Festival. Suffused with both deep sadness and incredible joy, My Love, Don’t Cross That River is a singular, unforgettable testament to the most elemental and powerful of human emotions.” (source: MIFF)

“Right Now, Wrong Then”  2015

Sunday 11 October 2015 15:30, Cine Lumiere.
Monday 12 October 2015 20:50, BFI Southbank, NFT2.

The latest film from Festival favourite Hong Sang-soo pursues the always-alluring possibility of love down two very different paths. In Right Now, Wrong Then, Hong presents two variations on a potentially fateful encounter between a filmmaker and an artist, tracing each to its own very distinct outcome. Ham Cheon-soo (Jung Jae-young, star of Hong’s Our Sunhi) is a director visiting Suwon for a screening and speaking engagement. Having arrived a day early, Cheon-soo heads out sightseeing and, while visiting an old palace, meets Yoon Hee-jeong (Kim Min-hee), a pretty local painter. “Discovering what is hidden beneath the surface of our lives is the only way to overcome our fears,” says Cheon-soo, in one of his more lucid moments. It’s a sentiment that could well encapsulate Hong’s exquisite cinema, in which the surface of any given scene can yield insights into the myriad ways men and women seize or sabotage decisive moments in their lives. (source: TIFF)

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