Borders are disappearing in the global film industry; South Korea in the spotlightNews

It’s Thursday, and that means we’ll be hearing the latest news from the arts and culture sector from our very own Kim Bo-kyoung, who’s here in the studio with us.
Hello Bo-kyoung, as the world returns to normal life, more and more movies are hitting theaters.
So what are the recent trends in the film industry?

Well Mok-yeon,
Now that the pandemic no longer seems to get in the way, the film industry, not only at home but also abroad, is releasing more and more new films to entice moviegoers to come back to the cinema.
But what has become a trend are films and dramas made in collaboration with production companies and even personnel and talent from other countries.
And in the midst of such a trend, South Korea, after the success of “Parasite”, “Squid Game” and BTS, is receiving a lot of attention from all over the world and is considered a country with a rich cultural tapestry.
Let me share some examples of international collaborations as well as what critics have said about them.

The movie “Minari” and the drama series “Pachinko” are both made in the United States, but as we all already know, they are about stories of Korean immigrants and Korean star actors.
And the film “Broker”, which was recently selected for the competition section of the 75th Cannes Film Festival, is a Korean film, but directed by award-winning Japanese auteur Kore-eda Hirokazu.
Globalization and diversification means that more co-produced films are being made, crossing borders when choosing their personnel, actors, plots and filming location.

“Yes, like a product, a film has its nationality mainly determined by the country in which the production company is based. Yet, compared to the past, when the internet connection was not good enough or travel was not not common, most film plots used to be limited to a single country. But now, with the gradual removal of borders and easier connectivity, there is more and more content that many countries can participate in, and so movies with many identities come out.

The global film market aims to unearth new stories and new actors regardless of borders, and South Korea is in the spotlight.
A recently released film “Vanishing” is an example; it’s French but was filmed in Korea and stars well-known actor You Yun-seok.
And the horror film titled “Umma” which means mom in Korean, with Sandra Oh, shows how such Korean elements appear in Hollywood films.

“Now, more and more overseas production companies consider Korea-related stories ‘doable’ and think they have a good chance of success. They are more and more interested in Korea .”

And it’s not just Hollywood that is interested in the stories and history of other countries.
The Korean film industry is also globalizing.
“Three,” directed by Koryo-in director Pak Ruslan, tells a story set in Kazakhstan with Kazakh or Russian actors.
With more co-created content to come, there’s a chance to shed light on stories that until now have been in the shadows.

Thus, more and more international films are about Korean history and culture.
And it looks like Korean literature is also making its mark on the world stage?

Last week, I wrote about Bora Chung’s novel “Cursed Bunny”, which was shortlisted for the prestigious International Booker Prize.
Well, his book will soon fly off the shelves all over the world, as the publishing rights have been sold to many more countries after being shortlisted.
On Wednesday, the agency that handles the publishing rights to Chung’s novel said the book would be available in bookstores in India.
Once that deal was signed, the agency said “Cursed Bunny” would have been translated and sold in a total of 17 countries.
Seven, including China and Spain, had already published Chung’s novels before “Cursed Bunny” was selected, then after the nomination, the agency signed a contract with ten others, including the United States, the Brazil and Italy.
Last week, the agency signed an agreement with Algonquin Books, which is part of the Hachette Book Group, one of the largest publishing houses in the United States.
A total of five to six local publishers would have competed for the United States publishing rights.

I’m sure it will appeal to international readers, will it be available elsewhere?

It certainly will, as the agency said, booksellers in France, Portugal, Greece, Sweden and Thailand are all looking to publish “Cursed Bunny” in their own language.

It is certainly good to see how more Korean novels and stories are being shared internationally.
And on a related note, Bokyung, I heard there’s a special event in Colombia where Korean books are on display?

Yes, the 2022 Bogota International Book Fair opened on Tuesday for the first time in three years.
It is the second largest book fair in South America and is visited by an average of six hundred thousand people.
The reason why I mention this book fair in Bogota is because South Korea is the guest of honor.
Celebrating the 60th anniversary of diplomatic relations with Colombia, South Korea has been named the event’s guest of honor and, in return, Colombia will also participate in the Seoul International Book Fair as guest of honor. honor in June.
From April 19 to May 2, the South Korean stand will be presented under the theme “Togetherness, Convivencia”, presenting a hundred books dealing with the theme.
There will be plenty of literary events, including book discussions with Korean and Colombian authors sharing their thoughts on literature.

Wow, this kind of exchanges will definitely provide a basis for more artistic and cultural cooperation between countries,

Exactly, the South Korean Minister of Culture underlined this during the opening ceremony by saying that he hopes that such cooperation through books can lead to exchanges in other creative fields, such as as cultural arts and tourism.

I hope so too, okay, Bo-kyoung, thanks for sharing the latest cultural updates from South Korea and around the world. See you next week.

Thank you.

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