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JDIFF '11 Review Roundup: 'Poetry,' 'Everything Will Be Fine,' 'My Words, My Lies - My Love'

  • By Jessica Kiang
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  • March 8, 2011 12:20 AM
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The Jameson Dublin International Film Festival, aka JDIFF, first inaugurated in 2003, wrapped its packed 11-day run on Sunday 27th Feb. Our "man" (read: "woman") on the ground, was in attendance - here are some short reviews of just a few of the many films screened.

Interview: Lee Chang-dong Talks 'Poetry,' How 'Avatar' Affected Him, An 'Oasis' Remake & More

  • By Christopher Bell
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  • February 8, 2011 4:47 AM
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Former teacher, novelist, and minister of Culture and Tourism in South Korea, Lee Chang-dong has an extensive resume that extends far beyond cinema. That said, he is most well-known for his film output, with Venice and Cannes awarding him top prizes for the brilliant "Oasis" and "Secret Sunshine" (finally released through IFC last December). Lee's 2010 effort "Poetry" was no different, garnering a well-deserved Best Screenplay award at Cannes, celebrating the Korean director's ability to tackle many subjects with elegance and unwavering beauty. Granted, a first viewing was a bit overwhelming, but subsequent ones display the man's expertise in weaving multiple thematic threads together seamlessly, not to mention the brilliant performance by Yun Jeong-hie, who makes a similar late-career triumph/rebirth akin to Kim Hye-ja in "Mother."

More Anticipated: 27 Films From 2011 We've Already Seen

  • By The Playlist
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  • January 19, 2011 5:10 AM
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Ok, you can't really anticipate a film if you've already seen it, right? And while that doesn't apply for every member of The Playlist, many of us were lucky enough to get early sneak peeks at 2011 by attending film festivals around the globe like the Cannes, Toronto and Vancouver Film Festivals, the Melbourne Film Festival, the London Film Festival and more; yes, we're global. We basically ran through our lists of the films coming out in 2011 that we've already seen and made a list of 27 worth discussing. Not all of them are great, some are downright terrible, and some are pictures you should absolutely go out of your way to see. It's a mixed bag, much like a film festival generally is, but consider it our user's guide to the 2011 films we know the most about; and take the info to follow under consideration when shelling out your hard-earned dollar. We're here for you, really.

Watch: Trailer for Lee Chang-Dong's 'Poetry'

  • By Aaron Fowler
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  • January 15, 2011 3:32 AM
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Lee Chang-dong is one hell of a filmmaker and has a handful of awards to prove it. His latest film, "Poetry," was awarded Best Screenplay at the 2010 Cannes Film Festival along with Best Actress and Best Picture at the Grand Bell Awards. The film also took home Best Directing and Best Actress at the 2010 Asia Pacific Screen Awards.

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