The Korea Society and New York Film Academy co-hosted a press conference, moderated by NYFA Senior Director David Klein, with Korean directors, Chung Ji-young (National Security), Lee Ji-seung (Azooma), and Jeon Soo-il (El Condo Pasa).
The ‘Focus on Korea’ event was part of ‘ContemporAsian’ film series, which selects critically acclaimed Korean films, highlighting current social issues, injustice and human nature. The films amplify distinctive narrative skills from some of Korea’s insightful and penetrative renegade filmmakers.
National Security, which had its New York Premiere at the MoMA, garnered acclaim by The Hollywood Reporter as, “one such picture from South Korea, an entirely sincere and dignified effort by Chung Ji-young.”
Screen Daily commented that El Condo Pasa (New York Premiere, MoMA) is, “a compelling addition to Jeon Soo-il’s body of work,” noting that the film, “mirrors the themes of religion, grief and forgiveness found in Lee Chang-dong’s Secret Sunshine (2007).”
Director Lee’s Azooma had accolades from Beyond Hollywood, “Azooma is certainly a very angry film, though justifiably so, and it’s all the more powerful for the fact that it’s very well made.”
If you were unable to attend, watch the press conference in its entirety (4 Parts) on NYFA’s Youtube page.