Film Introduction and Q + A: Comrade Kim Goes Flying
Associate Professor Judith Keene introduces the first North Korean feature film ever screened at SFF, Comrade Kim Goes Flying. Following the screening Keene will facilitate a Q&A with Director/Producer Nicholas Bonner.
The first North Korean feature made with Western production partners in over 30 years, Comrade Kim Goes Flying tells the tale of a young coal miner who wants to pursue her dream of becoming a trapeze artist.
Starring real-life Pyongyang Circus acrobat Han Jong-sim - whose feats include being propelled across a stadium on a bungee during the famous Mass Games - this visually glossy and handsomely appointed item sparkles with knockabout humour, soul-stirring underdog drama and innocent romance as Kim gradually attracts the attention and respect of Pak, the circus strongman who at first scoffs at the idea of a manual laborer from the sticks being able to execute quadruple somersaults in mid-air.
Fun, fascinating and with a delightful central performance by Han as the girl with the million-won smile, the first North Korean movie ever screened at SFF presents a rare opportunity to witness escapist entertainment from the secretive socialist state.
Nicholas Bonner's appearance at the Festival is supported by Virgin Atlantic Airways.
Event Info: Comrade Kim Goes Flying
Date: Sunday 9 June
Time: 8:40 PM for 8:45 PM screening
Venue: Event Cinemas George Street 8