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Arirang, Dir. Kim Ki-Duk, 2011

Arirang

8 Jun 201214 Jun 2012

Controversial South Korean auteur Kim Ki-duk's films have been met with critical acclaim worldwide since his debut in the mid-90's and we are pleased to be showing three of the director's most important films this June.

In 2008, an actress nearly died on the set of Kim Ki-Duk’s Dream. Wracked with guilt and existential doubt, the celebrated Korean filmmaker took to a remote cabin in self-imposed exile, seeking to overcome his anxieties and find a way to return to his life and career. Filmed in early 2011, Arirang documents that experience in a raw, inventive and profoundly self-reflexive manner.

Set within his cabin, shot by, and starring only Kim, the film is an act of therapy, of uncompromising self-interrogation via the only means he knows. With remarkable candour towards his personal ordeals and his filmmaking career, Kim enters into dialogue with himself—editing together each side of the conversation to become both subject and author, as well as his own audience.

But Arirang is not merely self-indulgence, nor is it strictly documentary. An introspective work that retains Kim’s characteristic aesthetic sensibility, this is also a fascinating study in filmmaking itself. Winner of Un Certain Regard at the Cannes Film Festival in 2011.

Dir. Kim Ki-Duk, 2011, South Korea, Korean with English subtitles, 100 mins.

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