Cheltenham Film Society is hosting a Special Event to celebrate Korean Cinema on Saturday 25th February 2023 at Cheltenham Playhouse.
Tickets will be available shortly – £6 per ticket/ £10 for 2 tickets/£15 for 3 tickets.
Decision to Leave (15) released 2022 will be shown at 2pm.
A man plummets to his death when rock climbing. Did he jump, or was he pushed? When detective Hae-joon arrives on the scene, he begins to suspect the dead man’s wife Seo-rae. But as he digs deeper into the investigation, he finds himself trapped in a web of deception and desire. In this seductively twisted, modern romantic thriller, obsession is taken to wondrous and vertiginous extremes. Without a doubt one of the most electrifying minds working in cinema today, Park Chan-wook won the Best Director award at Cannes for his sumptuous, Hitchcockian masterwork.
Burning (15) released 2019 will be shown at 5pm.
Lee Chang-dong’s sly take on a Murakami story is a slow-burn mystery touched by genius. A young working-class man, Jong-Su has a chance meeting with a vivacious young woman, Hae-mi. They start a tentative relationship, but she returns from a holiday trip with Ben, a smugly wealthy new friend, in tow. Consumed by jealous insecurity, Jong-su is convinced that Ben has nefarious intentions, and he begins to spiral into dark psychological territory. Far from a conventional mystery, the slow build of puzzle and intrigue gets right under your skin. Burning is a brilliantly made one-off; puzzling, intelligent and ultimately mesmerizing.
The Wailing (15) released 2016 will be shown at 8pm.
An outbreak of madness and murder takes hold of a small South Korean town in this superlative thriller. Amid a bizarre outbreak of malady, madness and murder, local policeman Jong-goo seeks answers, with a kind of bumbling backwoods incompetence. Driven as much by crazy rumours, dreams, superstition and xenophobic scapegoating as by hard facts, Jong-goo is quick to persecute a limping Japanese recluse, but what is really going on? By turns funny and despairing, this village noir brings the horror of uncertainty. This is a crazy roller coaster of a thrill ride that must not be missed.