siff.or.krThe 40th Seoul Independent Film Festival Begins Today! Whizy Kim Entertainment, Movies Today the 40th annual Seoul Independent Film Festival officially kicks off, celebrating the best independent films made in Seoul in 2014. The festival is divided into several categories—competition films, new choice films, and special invitation films. There’s also an international selection of screenings where you’ll have the chance to watch classics like Spike Lee’s She’s Gotta Have It (1986), Steven Soderbergh’s Sex, Lies and Videotape (1989), and Michael Moore’s Roger & Me (1989). Here are some of the films that I’m personally looking forward to: Title: 꿈보다 해몽/A Matter of Interpretation Director: Lee Kwang Kuk Synopsis: “A small-time actress is devastated to learn that no one has come to see her play. Out of frustration, she yells at her fellow actors and storms out of the theater. As she wanders the street, she receives a call from a friend who says she’s had a disturbing dream about the actress, advising her to stay out of trouble. The actress takes no heed to her friend’s warning and heads to the park with a bottle of liquor.” Title: 위로공당/Factory Complex Director: Im Heung Soon Synopsis: “The film invites us to the lives of the working class women engaged in the textile industry of the 1960s, all the way through the stories of flight attendants, cashiers, and non-regular workers of today. The form of labor seems to change its appearance but the essence of a bread-and-butter question remains still. The film ends up in Cambodia, where we encounter the repetition of the history of labor that took place in Korea.” Title: 디스크조각모음/Defragmentation Director: Hwangbo Saebyul Synopsis: “This work intends to depict a contradictory psychology known as ambivalence by metaphorically comparing a digital process called ‘defragmentation’ to a human thinking process.” Title: 먹이/Prey Director: Kim Bo Young Synopsis: “A small fish dreams of the beautiful world over the wall. When she finally gets bigger and leaps out of the fish tank, the once beautiful world isn’t what she expected.” You can check out the rest and buy tickets at the SIFF website. The festival runs from the 27th through December 5th, and I’ll be writing up some of my impressions of the festival later next week. See you there!