The Korean Film Festival in Australia (KOFFIA) returns to cinemas in 2021 with a line-up of exquisite new Korean films, from across all genres.
Taking place in, Canberra, Brisbane, Melbourne, and Sydney, the Festival program features 22 of the finest films from Korea’s world-class film industry.
Presented by the Korean Cultural Centre Australia, KOFFIA showcases the very best of Korean culture through film, from haunting arthouse dramas, heart-pumping action, animations, thrillers and more, the Festival presents a stellar program of films from Korea’s top filmmakers.
Korean cinema is celebrated the world over for rich and poignant storytelling; it’s no wonder that the 2021 KOFFIA program features a slew of these masterful pieces of cinema.
“Korea has always had one of the best filmmaking industries in the world, and with films like Parasite and Minari taking the western world by storm in recent years, we’re seeing a growing appreciation for the incredible artistry of Korean cinema,” says KOFFIA Programmer Francis Lee. “KOFFIA provides an opportunity for Australian audiences to discover cutting-edge filmmaking by some of Korea’s greatest cinematic storytellers.”
The winner of multiple awards since its debut at the 2020 Sundance Film Festival including the Golden Globe for Best Film in a Foreign Language, Lee Isaac Chung’s Minari is a beautifully shot heartfelt drama of one family’s experience after moving from Los Angeles to Arkansas to start a farm in the early 1980’s.
Life, death, mortality and family responsibilities are at the heart of director KOH Hoon’s feature film Paper Flower which follows the life of an old mortician, his unwell son and the events that take place when a new family moves next door.
Korean box office smash Waiting for Rain is a highly anticipated addition to the Festival program. Directed by CHO Jin-mo, Waiting for Rain is an old-fashioned tale of a long-distance relationship conducted by written letter between two strangers. A man sends a love letter to his past love, but she is sick and the woman’s sister replies as her instead.
In a heart-warming ode to family and the healing power of food, director PARK Hye-Ryoung, The Wandering Chef, embarks on a journey with Korean celebrity chef IM Jiho as he travels the Korean peninsula in search of the most authentic and unique ingredients with medicinal properties.
Action-packed with thrillingly choreographed fight scenes, The Swordsman is set in the 17th-century during a time when ruling dynasties in Korea and China were in significant transition.
Pipeline is a gripping crime filmfollowing six thieves who hope to change their lives planning an oil heist by drilling into Korea’s biggest pipeline.
A surprisingly funny, smart and deep story, More Than Family, follows university student To-il who gets pregnant while dating her 19-year-old tutoring student and embarks on a journey to find her biological father.
Suspenseful mystery thriller Recalled is about a woman who wakes up one day and learns that she’s lost her memory and begins to experience hallucinations that she feels portend future murderous events. Her doting husband cares for her at home but things are not what they seem.
Deliver Us From Evil is a frenzied hit-man thriller following an assassin who goes to Thailand to solve a kidnapping case, only to find himself being chased by a man whose sibling he killed.
KOFFIA is a cinematic experience for people of all tastes, ages and cultural backgrounds. As such, every film presented at the Festival screens with English subtitles.
2021 KOFFIA screening dates and locations:
Canberra: September 2 – 6 | Palace Electric Cinema
Brisbane: September 16 – 19 | Elizabeth Picture Theatre
Melbourne: September 16 – 23 | ACMI
Sydney: October 14 – 23 | Event Cinema George St
Tickets to the Korean Film Festival in Australia are on sale now at www.koffia.com.au