If Music Be the Food of Art

Some big events coming up this week in Korea. Not really music-related, but they are definitely worth going to.

First of all is the Chungmuro International Film Festival in Seoul (CHIFFS), the biggest film festival that calls Seoul home. Sure, it is not as big as PIFF or PiFan or JIFF, but  organizers are trying to turn it into something special. Considering it is just CHIFFS’s second year, I think they are doing a pretty good job.

Actually, CHIFFS does have some music-related events, too — the outdoor screening of some classic silent films, with live music accompanying. The outdoor screenings will include TURNING POINT OF YOUNGSTERS, the oldest known surviving Korean film, which will also have a real “film talker” accompanying the movie. In the old days, movies in Korea often had a guy at the front who “narrated” along with the story. Very cool.

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(Would have liked to link to TURNING POINT, but like far too many crappy websites, CHIFFS is all java garbage and does not allow hotlinking. But if you go to the list of movies playing on Wednesday and scroll down to the bottom, you can find a link to the film).

The other big event going on is even bigger — I’m talking about the latest Gwangju Biennale. Running Sept. 5 to Nov. 9, the Gwangju Biennale is often envelope-pushing and sometimes just plain weird, but it is pretty much the biggest art event in Korea and quite worth the trek down to Jeolla Province.

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