We are very excited here at Reel Asian office that Toronto International Film Festival (September 4 – 14, 2014) will be focusing on Seoul, South Korea, for the 2014 City to City programme!
This year will mark the 6th anniversary of City to City at TIFF, which showcases filmmakers living and working in a selected city, regardless of where their films are set.
“We have selected this South Korean cinema capital for the consistent strength and bounty of its cinema across the spectrum, from art house to commercial,” says Cameron Bailey, Artistic Director of TIFF. “Seoul continues to produce some of the world’s most exciting auteurs, and we want the City to City spotlight to introduce our audience to the next generation.”
Seoul will be the first East Asian city to be featured by City to City – past programmes have focused on Tel Aviv, Istanbul, Buenos Aires, Mumbai and Athens respectively.
With an ever-increasing interest on Korean culture, the consumption of Korean music, film, fashion and food jumped globally since the early 2000s. This so-called “Korean Wave” led by K-pop and K-dramas, was sometimes criticized for being too commercial and shallow. However, what the K-pop craze fails to note is that there is a burgeoning local culture led by independent artists, filmmakers, and musicians, some of which aspects we hope to be captured by TIFF this year. (Read more about Korean indie culture HERE)
Read TIFF’s full announcement HERE