Everything you need to know about the 2018 Korean Film Festival in Australia (KOFFIA)

The Korean Film Festival in Australia (KOFFIA) will be returning to Australia for its 2018 program with a whopping 22 Korean films across all genres. The Festival will take place in Sydney (9-18 August), Brisbane (15-16 August), Melbourne (6-13 September) and Canberra (21-23 September).

Presented by the Korean Cultural Centre Australia, KOFFIA aims to showcase the very best of Korean culture through film, covering big budget blockbusters and intimate art-house flicks alike. The Festival will be hand picking some of the finest projects to come from Korea’s already booming film industry- Hallyuwood.

KOFFIA Director, David Park commented on this year’s festival, stating, “The past year for Korean cinema has been one of the best and most accomplished in recent memory – making this a very, very special year for the Festival. With such an enormous range, audiences are able to pick out a film for whatever tickles their fancy: a comedy, a thriller, a horror, a drama – you name it!”

The opening night of the festival in each state will be Little Forestthe feel-good flick starring Kim Tae-ri (The Handmaiden), following the story of a young woman who decides to leave the big city behind for her country hometown as she reunites with her childhood friends.

Each closing night will screen the Korean art-house hit Microhabitat (pictured above)As the winner of the GCV Arthouse Award at the 2017 Busan International Film Festival and the debut of director Jeon Go-woon, Microhabitat follows an ageing housekeeper fighting the rising cost of rent, who decides to ditch her life for a journey through Seoul, reconnecting with old friends in the process, all while being able to afford one her greatest pleasures; cigarettes.

Other headliners throughout the Festival include popular Korean flicks such as A Taxi Driverwhich was selected as South Korea’s pick for the Foreign Language category at the 2018 Academy Awards. Based on the real-life Gwangju Uprising of 1980, Kang-ho Song (Snowpiercer) stars a driver, escorting a German journalist from Seoul to Gwangju city in the midst of a political uprising.

In the thriller category, Forgotten tells a violent tale of amnesia and murder as a man investigates the strange disappearance of his brother, after he reappears with no memory of the event. Director Chang Hang-jun and producer Jang Won-seok be be guests at the Festival and present a Q&A following the film’s screening in Sydney.

The Korean drama A Day will also included in this years program, in the spirit of the western comedy Groundhog Day, A Day follows a surgeon who returns home, eager to reconnect with his teenage daughter, only to find her killed by a taxi upon his arrival. Howevwer, his nightmare has only begun, as he is forced to re-live the same event over and over again.

As for comedies, I Can Speak follows the heartwarming story of an unlikely friendship between a young servant named Min-jae and an elderly lady nicknamed ‘Goblin Granny’. As Goblin Granny terrorises Min-jae daily, she vows she will stop her complaints in return for English lessons, in order to reconnect with her long-lost brother in America.

2018 KOFFIA screening dates and locations are below as follows:

SYDNEY

WHEN: Thursday 9 – Saturday 18 August
WHERE: Dendy Cinema Opera Quays, 9/2 East Circular Quay, Sydney
TICKETS: www.koffia.com.au

SCREENINGS

Thursday 9 August
6.00pm Little Forest

Friday 10 August
6.00pm Champion
8.05pm Believer

Saturday 11 August
2.00pm Stand By Me
3.50pm A Taxi Driver
6.30pm Golden Slumber

Sunday 12 August
2.00pm Keys to the Heart
4.20pm Midnight Runners
6.30pm What a Man Wants

Monday 13 August
6.00pm Snatch Up
8.00pm Mothers

Tuesday 14 August
6.00pm A Haunting Hitchhike
8.10pm Glass Garden

Wednesday 15 August
6.00pm Last Child
8.20pm Be with You

Thursday 16 August
6.00pm The Vanished
8.00pm A Day

Friday 17 August
6.00pm Forgotten
8.40pm Gonjiam: Haunted Asylum

Saturday 18 August
1.20pm I Can Speak
3.40pm Seven Years of Night
6.00pm Microhabitat

BRISBANE

WHEN: Wednesday 15 – Thursday 16 August
WHERE: Elizabeth Picture Theatre, 175 Elizabeth St, Brisbane City
TICKETS: www.koffia.com.au

SCREENINGS

Wednesday 15 August
6.00pm Little Forest
8.00pm Golden Slumber

Thursday 16 August
6.00pm Champion
8.10pm What a Man Wants

MELBOURNE

WHEN: Thursday 6 – Thursday 13 September
WHERE: ACMI (Australian Centre for the Moving Image), Federation Square, Flinders St, Melbourne
TICKETS: www.koffia.com.au

SCREENINGS

Thursday 6 September
7.00pm A Taxi Driver

Friday 7 September
5.45pm Be with You
8.30pm Midnight Runners

Saturday 8 September
2.00pm Little Forrest
4.30pm I Can Speak
7.00pm Gonjiam: Haunted Asylum

Sunday 9 September
4.00pm Stand By Me
6.00pm The Vanished

Monday 10 September
5.45pm Glass Garden
8.00pm Golden Slumber

Tuesday 11 September
5.45pm A Haunting Hitchhike
8.00pm What a Man Wants

Wednesday 12 September
6.00pm Champion
8.30pm Believer

Thursday 13 September
5.45pm Keys to the Heart
8.00pm Microhabitat

CANBERRA

WHEN: Friday 21 – Sunday 23 September
WHERE: Palace Electric Cinema, 2 Phillip Law St, Canberra
TICKETS: www.koffia.com.au
SCREENINGS

Friday 21 September
7.00pm I Can Speak

Saturday 22 September
4.00pm A Taxi Driver
7.00pm Believer

Sunday 23 September
4.00pm Stand By Me
7.00pm Midnight Runner