After checking out the schedule for the Cinemalaya Film Festival which starts tomorrow, June 15, I was quite excited to see that a Korean movie was included for its special feature. “Bleak Night”, the dark indie movie that earned raves and accolades when it was first shown in Korean cinemas has been selected as part of Focus Asia – the special section of Cinemalaya that will showcase eight independent works from Korea, Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia, China, Vietnam, Singapore, and Japan.
“Bleak Night” is a film by Yoon Sung-Hyun, a young director at age 29, who has already won several awards for his films. This movie bagged him The New Currents Award at the 2010 Busan International Film Festival.
The story revolves around the story of three high school friends. One of them dies after falling from an apartment building. His father tries to piece together what happened and is disturbed to find out that all was not well with the three friends. Apparently, a misunderstanding broke out between two of them and led to violence while the third one tried to act as the peacemaker. With one friend dead, one left behind, and the third one missing — it becomes hard to discover who truly was responsible for the death.
This marvelous masterpiece will be shown in Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino on July 17 at 6:15 pm, in Greenbelt 3 Cinema 5 on July 19 at 6:30 pm, and in Greenbelt 3 Cinema 3 at 4:00 pm. Do note that the screening on July 19 includes a talkback with the director himself Yoon Sung-Hyun and with Busan International Film Festival Programmer Cho Young-Jung. So that’s probably when I would likely attend. I’m so excited about this!
Thanks to Filmsmash3 for the video.