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Published : Sep 2, 2011 - 20:29
Updated : Sep 2, 2011 - 20:29
Pain (Korea)
Opening Sept. 7.

Drama. Directed by Kwak Gyeong-taek. Nam-soon (Kwon Sang-woo), whose family members were killed by his mistake when he was young, has lost all his feeling ― including his palate ― from the trauma. This made him incapable of feeling any pain even when he gets hurt. He makes money by threatening debtors to pay their money back to his clients. To do so he injures himself in front of the debtors to the point where they become frightened and eventually give in. One day, however, Nam-soon runs into a woman who can be killed by a simple paper cut. Dong-hyun (Jeong Ryeo-won), who sells clothes and jewelry on Seoul streets, suffers from hemophilia. Nam-soon finds himself falling for the woman who, unlike himself, can be fatally affected by the slightest wound.

Nannerl, Mozart’s Sister (France)
Opening Sept. 15.

Drama. Directed by Rene Feret. Young Nannerl (Marie Feret), the older sister of musical prodigy Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, lives in the shadow of her popular younger brother, as she travels throughout Europe performing for royalty with him. Though she is passionate about music as much as her brother, her parents want her to remain as Wolfgang’s mentor and support him rather than starting her own career. Yet as she receives encouragement from the French Dauphin during her stay in Versailles, she decides not to give up her musical aspirations. Nannerl secretly listens in whenever her father, Leopold Mozart, teaches compositions to her brother, and begins writing her own pieces.

Ori Ume (Japan)
Opening Sept. 21

Drama. Directed by Hisako Matsui. Masako (Kazuko Yoshiyuki), an elderly woman who lives alone in the Japanese countryside, agrees to move into the house of her son’s family and live with them. Everything goes smoothly as all of the family members welcome her and enjoy being around her. Yet as time passes, the family finds Masako growing increasingly forgetful, and overly emotional about trivial matters. Not knowing what is going on, the members of the family keep getting into arguments, blaming each other for Masako’s unstable behavior.

The Day He Arrives (Korea)
Opening Sept. 8.

Drama. Directed by Hong Sang-soo. Seong-jun, (Yoo Jun-sang) a former filmmaker who now teaches cinema studies in Daegu, visits Seoul to meet up with his long-time pal, film critic Young-ho (Kim Sang-jung). When Young-ho does not answer his call, Seong-jun strolls down the streets of Bukchon, the artsy district of Seoul famous for its traditional Korean-style houses along with galleries and cafes. He runs into an actress acquaintance, and ends up drinking with a group of film students who know little of his works. Drunk and sentimental, he then spontaneously visits his ex-girlfriend Kyung-jin (Kim Bo-kyung), and weeps pathetically while telling her she is the only true love of his life. Kyung-jin, who is reluctant at first, gives in and lets him stay the night. Whether it’s the next day or some other day, Seong-jun is once again in Bukchon, where a series of random coincidences await him.

Hindsight (Blue Salt) (Korea)
Opened Sept. 1.

Drama. Action. Directed by Lee Hyun-seung. Doo-heon (Song Kang-ho), once a legendary figure in Busan’s organized crime scene, now wants to live a quiet life, hoping to run his own restaurant. One day, he meets Sebin (Shin Se-kyung), a daring and spunky young girl in his cooking class who is actually a secret agent and former shooting champion hired to kill Doo-heon. As she gets to know Doo-heon, who turns out to be surprisingly warm-hearted and considerate, Sebin finds herself not wanting to complete her mission.