From Kim Ki-young’s unforgettable 1960s classic The Housemaid to 2018’s London Korean Film Festival opener, Jeon Go-woon’s Microhabitat, Korean cinema has always had a dialogue with the home. Home Truths ventures into various on-screen Korean homes with a programme of carefully selected titles. We explore how Korean domestic space shapes on-screen identities, and how its architectural structure can reflect the social mores of a time. A house can reveal much about both its residents and the world outside its doors…
All screenings take place at the Korean Cultural Centre UK and are free to attend (booking required)
A quietly devastating drama that follows a lonely schoolgirl who finds comfort through a new friendship, only for that relationship to be tested at the beginning of a new semester.
Architect’s-wife Seo-hyun is constrained by domesticity, until one day she meets her younger sister’s 27-year-old fiancé, Woo-in. Emotions simmer and start to crystallise; soon both face an overwhelming desire to risk all that they once held dear…
Hong Sang-soo regular Jung Yu-mi plays a private tutor desperate to break out of the dormitory-style box room where she is forced to live and work, in this absorbing look at the everyday struggles faced by young women in Korea.
After some steamy phone calls, J and Y meet and begin exploring each others bodies with a rabid intensity that takes them deep into the realms of shocking sadomasochism.
Following a composer and his wife whose lives are thrown into turmoil by the introduction of a new housemaid, Kim Ki-Young remakes his 1960 classic The Housemaid with an energy and passion that would come to define Korean cinema of the 1970s.
From Shin Sang-ok, one of the most prolific and respected figures of the Golden Age of South Korean Cinema, A Mother and a Guest tells the tale of six-year-old Ok-hee, a little girl playing matchmaker between her mother and their charming new houseguest…
Our second Teaser Screening for 2019 is a taut political thriller set during the dramatic build-up to the 1997 Asian Financial Crisis. Starring Kim Hye-soo (Coin Locker Girl) and Yoo Ah-in (Burning).