International Competition

Japanese Film Competition (Feature Length)

Japanese Film Competition (Short Length)

International Competition

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9/25 (Sat) 10:00 - 10/3 (Sun) 23:00
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I sing and dance to bid my father farewell.
The tearful laughter seen at a Korean funeral.

Struggling event MC Kyung-man has a younger sister and an ill father. One day, his father passes away, and a funeral service is held. But Kyung-man is unable to pay the funeral expenses, so he sneaks out and accepts a job emceeing the birthday party of an old woman living in a rural town.


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Director: KIM Lok-kyoung
Cast: HA Jun, SO Joo-yeon

2020 / South Korea / 108min.


From Juzo Itami's The Funeral (84) to Yojiro Takita's Departures (08), among others, masterpieces dealing with the subject matter of funerals also exist in Japan, but the funeral service has become the setting of many films as a place where people's pent-up emotions burst out. The ingeniousness of this film is the idea that both a funeral and a celebratory party have to be managed simultaneously, but it is the even more ironic developments at the celebratory party that completes this emotionally moving film filled with pathos. Festival world premiered at the Bucheon International Fantastic Film Festival (BIFAN) in the Korean Fantastic category, where it took home four awards including the award for best film. Ha Jun, who has appeared in the TV series "Bad Papa" (18) and "Black Dog" (19), won the Fantastic Best Actor at BIFAN for his performance of Kyung-man. Playing his courageous younger sister Kyung-mi is So Joo-yeon who gained notice when she also appeared in "Dr. Romance 2" (20), the sequel to the popular television series.


監督:KIM Lok-kyoung

Director: KIM Lok-kyoung

Kim was born in Sacheon, South Gyeongsang Province, in 1982. He has been an actor since 2004 and has appeared in several feature and short films. Since directing the first short film in 2016, he has consistently directed short films. Festival (20) is his first feature film.


Even when we need to mourn for someone and feel sorrow, we put the money in front of everything, even though there’s definitely something more important than money in our lives. We might live on forgetting what it is and the memories of it. I hope the audiences watching Festival could recall the time and memories of precious people who are worth much more than money.