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