Four Korean filmmakers will screen their latest projects at the upcoming Sundance Film Festival next month in Park City, Utah.
Among the films screening at Sundance is the much anticipated psychological horror thriller "Stoker" from acclaimed director Park Chan-wook, which screens in the Premieres program, a showcase of world premieres of some of the most highly anticipated dramatic films of the coming year.
Park Chan-wook is best known for his “The Vengeance Trilogy” films: "Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance," "Oldboy," which screened at the 2005 Sundance Film Festival, and "Lady Vengeance." "Stoker" is his first English-language film.
In the World Cinema Dramatic Competition program is the Korean feature film, "Jiseul," set during the 1948 Jeju Massacre, which tells the story of a group of some 120 villagers who hid from soldiers in a cave. The incident resulted in the death of some 30,000 islanders as the government sought to quell an uprising led by a small group of communist insurgents.
"Jiseul" premiered at this year's Busan International Film Festival in South Korea and won a total of four awards - including the Network for the Promotion of Asian Cinema Award and the Citizen Critic Award.
Screening in Sundance's short film competition will be the short films "You Are More than Beautiful" by director Kim Tae-yong and "Bit the Tail" by Kim Song-e.
Kim Tae-yong is best known for the Tang Wei and Hyun Bin romance "Late Autumn."
"You Are More than Beautiful" is a 27-minute film about a man (Park Hee-soon) who arrives on Korea's Jeju Island and pays a woman (Gong Hyo-jin) to act as his girlfriend in front of his ill father.
"Bite the Tail" is an animated short by Kim Song-e. The film is about a married woman who suffers from constant stomach pain. While doctors tell her there's no cure for it, her husband says he's going out to hunt a snake.
A total of 65 short films were selected from 8,102 submissions, according to the festival's organizers. The Sundance Film Festival runs Jan. 17-27, 2013. For more info visit: http://filmguide.sundance.org/event/films/category/WOR