Kicking off on the 9th of May and running through until the 16th, the 10th Green Film Festival in Seoul (GFFIS) will take place at CGV cinemas in Yongsan. The festival screens films that highlight environmental matters from all over the world, ranging from GMO foods to corporate corruption, animal welfare to government protesting, and that great variety continues to be present within the 2013 edition.
Opening with the Matt Damon starring Promised Land, directed by Gus Van Sant, the festival boasts an impressive array of international screenings. For the full list of films please visit the official website here (in Korean), however featured below are the Korean entries that will emphasize the environmental issues occurring within the country.
But first, be sure to check out the official trailer for the festival:
International Environmental Film Category
Forest Dancing (춤추는 숲)
Director: Kang Seok-pil (강석필)
Synopsis: The documentary follows the residents of a small village community in Seoul, who protest against a building project that will raze part of a mountain to make way for a private academy.
Korean Environment Category:
Boiler (남양주는 모른다)
Director: Lee Hyun-Ji (이현지)
Synopsis: Fictional film Boiler explores the lives of a handful of binge drinking tunnel laborers. Their mundane existence is changed however when they discover something underground while working.
Cats and Dogs (그 강아지 그 고양이)
Director: Min Byung-Woo (민병우)
Synopsis: The first film to be shot entirely using the iphone 4s, this romantic-comedy depicts the lives of two pet owners and their relationships.
Cats in the Pool (수영장의 고양이들)
Director: Kim Bo-Kyoung (김보경)
Synopsis: In this animated short, a man hits a cat while driving. The guilt of the event causes him to hallucinate the cat – and other felines – wherever he goes.
Cement Town Tragedy (투구꽃 그 마을)
Synopsis: The documentary examines a small town and the impact of a cement plant built 50 years ago, and the fallout of hazardous materials on the health of the community.
Cruel Inheritance – Heredity (잔인한 내림 – 遺傳)
Director: Kim Hwan-Tae (김환태)
Synopsis: Cruel Inheritance is a documentary concerned with the ramifications of the atomic energy and bombs, from Hiroshima in 1945 through to Fukushima in 2011.
Fog and Smoke (안개와 연기)
Director: Cha Jea-Min (차재민)
Synopsis: Experimental film Fog and Smoke explores the complicated and intense emotions involved in the development of a city in the port of Incheon., including issues related to the financial crisis.
Green Slime (녹색물질)
Director: Kwon Oh-Kwang (권오광)
Synopsis: This 12 minute short fiction film portrays a group of friends who reunite in a bar, and recount their childhood story involving a ‘green monster’.
The Hours of Tree (나무의 시간)
Director: Jeong Da-Hee (정다희)
Synopsis: Exploring the life of trees across seasons and beyond, this animated short is concerned with the way life unfolds and develops for vegetation, and the very meaning of existence.
KBS Environment Special; Experiment Excrement (KBS 환경스페셜: 똥을 실험하다)
Director: Shin Dong-Man (신동만)
Synopsis: The environmental impact of human waste is examined in this KBS documentary, portraying the thoughtless consumption of materials every time a person flushes the toilet.
A Monster in the Reservoir (저수지의 괴물)
Director: Lee Sung-Gang (이성강)
Synopsis: The life of a monster who dwells in a reservoir is portrayed in this animated short. When human development approaches, the monster’s home is threatened.
Paldang (팔당 사람들)
Director: Kauh Eun-Jin (고은진)
Synopsis: Paldang examines the issues involved in farming in contemporary Korea, from government subsidies to organic farming and wind power, and the conflicts that arise.
Director: Kang Min-ji (강민지)
Synopsis: This 11 minute animated film explores the keepsakes and mementos that are obtained over time through traveling. The photos and ornaments from trips in different times state the importance of travel.
Sweet Temptation (잘 먹고 잘 사는 법)
Director: Jeong Han-Jin (정한진)
Synopsis: A young boy who had previously only consumed organic foods is suddenly introduced to chocolate, and begins to question his lifestyle.
Talking Architecture, City:Hall (말하는 건축, 시티:홀)
Director: Jeong Jae-eun (정재은)
Synopsis: The difficulties of the new city hall project in Seoul are captured in this documentary, exemplifying the struggle of old versus new.
Who Made It? (누가 만들었을까?)
Director: Ji Tae-kyoung (지태경)
Synopsis: The beautiful landscapes of Jeju Island are the focus of this documentary. The people of Jeju and their relationship to the surroundings are also featured, alongside Jeju musicians.