2022 SIPFF 2022.11.03(Thur.) ~ 2022.11.09(Wed.)

Special Pride Section
Special Pride Section

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A section featuring special programs or retrospectives focused around a cinematic topic including specific directors, actors, and production countries or time periods.


As 2019 is the centenary year of Korean film, there are many special screenings celebrating the history of Korea films, yet no one officially discusses about the history of Korean queer movies. Thus, Special PRIDE Section of 2019 SIPFF will introduce representative Korean queer films chronologically to celebrate the 100th anniversary of Korean films. SIPFF screens “The Seashore Village (directed by Soo-yong Kim),” which was released 30 years earlier than 1996, the year that has been known to release Korean first queer movie, and “The Pollen of Flowers (directed by Kil-jong Ha),” a popular film dealing with the topic of bisexualism from 1972 due to casting Won Namgung and Jee-hee Choi, the hot celebrities back in the 70s. Additionally, “A Hot Roof (directed by Min-yong Lee),” that depicts the resistance of women toward the violent patriarchy, “King And The Clown (directed by Joon-ik Lee),” the first Korean film where sexual minorities are presented as leading roles recorded more than 10 million viewers, “Like A Virgin (directed by Hae-yeong Lee, Hae-jun Lee),” the story of Dong-gu who plays Ssireum (Korean wrestling) to earn money for his sex exchange operation, “The Handmaiden (directed by Chanwook Park),” where women voluntarily finds their own sexual desires while escaping from men’s voyeuristic oppression, a Korean queer film noir “The Merciless (directed by Sung-hyun Byun),” which was screened in 2017 Cannes International Film Festival.

Screening List

○ The Handmaiden

○ The Merciless

○ Girl Princes

○ Like A Virgin

○ King And The Clown

○ A Hot Roof

○ Sa Bangji

○ The Pollen of Flowers

○ The Seashore Village