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Art and Culture1 Updated: 2012-08-07 12:00:00 KST

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And now it's time for our daily arts and culture update with Michelle Kim. Today, she begins with her continuing coverage of a Korean film series in London highlighting a different director each month, so let's go to her for more.

Hello Michelle

[Reporter : ] Hello Conn-young

So what's happening in London[Reporter : ] Last week I told you about "The Year of The 12 Directors" project that is being held throughout the year in London. For the month of September, the series focuses on the films of director Jeon Kyu-hwan. His films are not widely known, but have received attention at international festivals, so this will be a chance for people to get to know another great, yet under-recognized, Korean director.

Director Jeon Kyu-hwan's films may not have been created for a commercial audience, but they have garnered critical acclaim in Korea and on the festival circuit.
His films are highly realistic, with a message that echoes the famous words of Charlie Chaplin: "Life is a tragedy when seen in close-up, but a comedy in long-shot."
Jeon is perhaps most famous for his "Town Trilogy" -- which includes "Mozart Town," "Animal Town" and "Dance Town."
All of the films in this series focus on society's underdogs From migrant workers to social misfits and North Korean defectors, the trilogy portrays a part of society that most people want to forget.
It certainly wasn't easy to put such realistic situations on film, nor is it comfortable to watch. Jeon gives us scenes we'd rather not see, such as an employer's brutal treatment of his employees, customers who belittle workers, and women dealing with the animalistic behavior of men.
But the films also attempt to show that none of these problems will be solved if no one takes notice.
Jeon's films walk the line between documentary and drama and contain rich visual imagery and moving performances.
His films will be shown at the British Film Institute starting with "Mozart Town" on Septebmer 6th and ending with "Varanasi" on September 27th.
KOGL : Korea Open Government License
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