East and Southeast Asia, City to City: Seoul
Programming for the Festival since:
Secret film love:
Torn between Korean superstar Jung Woo-sung and director Kim Jee-woon.
Should have seen it by now but haven’t:
Favourite television series:
The Korean television series My Love from the Star (Byeoreseo on geudae). Yes, I am one of the 2.5 billion streamers of the show, and yes that is billions — not millions. Awesome.
Your secret Toronto begins...
Lunch at Yuzu where, during the Festival, one can meet half of the Asian film industry over great sashimi and soft shell crab. Dinner at La Buca, by far one of the best Italian restaurants abroad — and I am really picky when it comes to home cuisine!
East and Southeast Asia, City to City: Seoul
Giovanna Fulvi has been programming for the Festival since 2002. She is based in Italy, works as a programming consultant for the Torino Film Festival, and has worked as a film consultant and acquisitions manager for various organizations over the past 17 years, including the International Film Festival Rotterdam. Giovanna is currently the Head of Acquisitions for Filmauro in Rome. She also worked on Bernardo Bertolucci’s The Last Emperor as a historical and cultural researcher.
A Hard Day
A luckless police detective becomes the target of blackmail after trying to cover up a hit-and-run, in this wild South Korean neo-noir thriller.
PLEASE NOTE: The 9:45pm screening (Scotiabank 8) of A Hard Day on Sunday, September 14 has moved to 9:45pm (Scotiabank 3).
A simple labourer in a remote mountain village is driven to desperate measures to provide for the women in his life, in this wrenching yet beautiful drama from South Korean director Park Jung-bum.
Recently cuckolded and reeling from a messy divorce, a hapless former singer hits the road — and the bar — with his all-too-helpful best bud, in this raunchy romantic comedy from director Ning Hao (No Man's Land).
In the aftermath of the Cultural Revolution, an amnesiac woman (superstar Gong Li) struggles to regain her memory and reconnect with her long-imprisoned husband, in this enthralling and emotional drama from Chinese master Zhang Yimou (Raise the Red Lantern, Hero).
When a faked robbery ends in a real death, three long-time friends have their fierce loyalty to one another put to the test, in this noir-ish action thriller from South Korean director Lee Do-yun.
Drawing on true stories about the charged issue of child abduction in China, director Peter Chan (Comrades, Almost a Love Story) crafts a moving drama about a man who stops at nothing in his quest to recover his missing son.
Don't Go Breaking My Heart 2
Hong Kong action auteur Johnnie To indulges his silly side with this hilariously inventive sequel to his hit romantic comedy, about two former lovers who find themselves irresistibly drawn back together — despite the fact that each of them is engaged to someone else.
Fires on the Plain
Tetsuo director Shinya Tsukamoto creates a gritty and graphic version of the classic war novel about a dazed, wounded soldier who wanders through the surreal carnage of the Pacific War.
Flapping in the Middle of Nowhere
When they discover that they are pregnant, a young couple in Hanoi resort to desperate (and bizarre) measures to raise money for an abortion.
The Golden Era
Hong Kong master Ann Hui recreates the life of the pioneering and prodigiously talented 20th-century female novelist Xiao Hong.
Hill of Freedom
South Korean master Hong Sang-soo crafts yet another delightful, soju-saturated tale of love thwarted, in this story of a heartsick Japanese man who travels to Seoul to attempt a reunion with the woman he still pines for.
I Am Here
Lixin Fan, director of the award-winning Last Train Home, takes a very different look at contemporary China with this documentary that follows the eager young hopefuls who audition for the country's most famous televised singing competition.
Kabukicho Love Hotel
This erotically charged drama from Japanese director Ryuichi Hiroki (Vibrator) traces the intersecting stories of a group of employees and visitors at a notorious "love hotel" in Tokyo's red-light district.
Men Who Save The World
The superstitious inhabitants of a small Malaysian village go to ever sillier extremes to exorcize the "ghost" they believe is haunting a dilapidated house, in this boisterous and richly observed rural comedy.
Over Your Dead Body
A theatre troupe rehearsing a classic play of murder, betrayal and phantasmagorical vengeance find life bloodily imitating art backstage, in this wild cinematic detour from madly prolific Japanese auteur Takashi Miike.
Partners In Crime
Three high school boys discover that there may be more than meets the eye in the apparent suicide of a pretty classmate, in this engrossing mystery thriller from Taiwanese director Chang Jung-chi (Touch of the Light).
A retired widow has her daily routine derailed when she starts receiving mysterious, anonymous phone calls, in this scintillating thriller from Chinese master Wang Xiaoshuai (Beijing Bicycle).
A middle-aged man who has recently lost his wife to cancer indulges in fantasies about a young woman at his work, in the new film from Korean master Im Kwon-taek (Chunhyang).
Still the Water
Facing both family tragedy and the unpredictable rhythms of nature, two teenagers on a subtropical Japanese island find solace in each other, in this gorgeous and poetic cinematic vision from director Naomi Kawase (Shara, The Mourning Forest).
Three parallel love stories set in three different cities are set against some of the major international events of the last five years, in this ambitious, globe-spanning feature debut from director Rooth Tang.
The lives of an arrogant young motivational speaker in debt to the Chinese mafia, his lookin’-to-get-out wife, and a single father in dire straits fatefully intertwine in this nail-biting thriller from Singapore that is based, almost unbelievably, on a true story.
The World of Kanako
An ex-cop finds out more than he wanted to about his missing teenage daughter, in this stylish and provocative thriller from Confessions director Tetsuya Nakashima.