Continuing our exploration of Polish history from last week’s The Innocents, United States of Love explores a more recent period.
In 1990 Poland is experiencing the first waves of post-communist leadership; with this comes optimism and flashes of freedom.
Set among the tower blocks and municipal buildings of a factory town, the lives of four women play out. Each woman is looking for a change: a new phase in her life, a chance to become someone new. As their stories play out, each life touching another’s in some way, their optimism fades and they are pushed back to the confines and the realities of the roles they are stuck in.
Heading even further east, this weekend the London Korean Film Festival comes on tour to Sheffield. Opening the weekend is the latest offering from South Korean acclaimed director Hong Sang-Soo, Yourself and Yours. Fans of Hong’s idiosyncratic offerings won’t be disappointed by this tale of a relationship on the rocks, an artist struggling with life and mistaken identity.
For newcomers to Korean cinema, Saturday’s screening might be an interesting place to start. My Korean Cinema is a personal history of Korean cinema from director Kim Hong-Joon and shines a light on several well-known and lesser-known films from over 40 years of cinema. Rounding up the weekend is the animated prequel to this year’s zombie favourite Train to Busan. From the same director, Yeon Sang-Ho, Seoul Station will shed light on the origins of the previous film’s zombie outbreak, all presented via the incredible animation style seen in his earlier film, The King of Pigs. Definitely one for horror fans, animation enthusiasts and Korean cinema lovers.
Also taking place this coming weekend at Sheffield’s Showroom, Curzon and Odeon cinemas and other city centre venues, is Transforming Cinema, Sheffield’s first Trans Film Festival. With screenings of international and local films, fantastic speakers and workshops this festival will champion transgender, gender-nonconforming, non-binary and genderqueer voices.
l We have three pairs of tickets to give away for Yourself and Yours, the opening film of the Korean festival. To enter, email your name to email@example.com before noon tomorrow (Friday, November 18)) and winners will be picked at random and notified during the afternoon.