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New York Korean Film Festival at MoMA (9/22-30) and BAMcinématek (10/1-3)

Now in its ninth year, the New York Korean Film Festival stands ready to benefit from U.S. cinephiles’ ever-increasing interest in Korean cinema. The NYKFF’s slate of only eight features may be fairly small in number, but seems carefully chosen to appeal to a wide range of tastes, from the gay-themed historical epic A Frozen Flower to the young-love melodrama Eighteen, from the “austere” and “experimental” Land of Scarecrows to the “whizz-bang time-traveling comic fantasy” Woochi. The festival opens with Im Sang-soo’s The Housemaid, “freely adapted” from Kim Ki-young’s 1960 film of the same title. It’s a bold gamble to remake The Housemaid, which is both a revered modern classic and a singularly weird piece of work, but Im’s wild 2005 political satire The President’s Last Bang showed he’s not one to shy away from a challenge.

Go to the festival’s website for program and schedule information, trailers, and more.

—Nelson Kim

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Nelson Kim wrote and directed the award-winning independent feature SOMEONE ELSE (2016), which was hailed by the LA Weekly as “a tense, unexpectedly moving psychological study of a man’s unraveling,” by VCinema as “a nimble and smartly designed independent production… a highly intriguing debut,” and by PopMatters as “a movie that ultimately forces you to think on your feet… certain to provoke discussion, and perhaps argument, amongst viewers.” Go to to learn more. Nelson teaches film at Wagner College in Staten Island, where he co-directs the Film and Media Studies Program. He lives in Brooklyn.

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