The image is a part of the series, The Square by Ko Seokmin. In the middle of a hazy lake, a man holds a mirror and reflects the landscape. The lake reminds of Cheongpung Lake in Jecheon, and the figure who holds the mirror not only reflects the lake’s surface but also expands its boundary, and makes viewers ruminate the other side of the mirror. It implies that 15th JIMFF hopes to be a unique festival for music and film, and on the other hand, retrospects its history. Moreover, the festival’s official catch-phrase “Cinema on the Lake, Music in the Wind” which is in the middle of the poster, becomes a bridge between the abstract image and the identity of the festival.
Ko Seokmin majored in photography and became an essential young artist of the contemporary art scene in South Korea by the SongEun Artcube’s exhibition supporting program. After his first U.S. solo exhibition The Square, presented at Art Projects International, New York in 2012, he opened several solo exhibitions including Strip Show (2014), and Blurred Horizons (2018). Now, his works are represented by major collections such as Fidelity Corporate Art Collection in Boston and Montefiore Collection in New York. Also feature articles about his artwork have appeared in major publications including Artnews, Photo+ and CNN Photo.
The entire world is made up of musical notes.
kang hyoung chul made a spectacular debut in 2008 with the film Scandal Makers (8.22M admissions) and his movies such as Sun-ny (2011, 7.45M admissions) and Tazza-The Hidden Card (2014, 4.01M admissions) are loved by the audience for being hilarious, yet heart-warming. The 2018 film Swing Kids won him the Best Director Award at the Baeksang Arts Awards for his unique style of directing combined with music and dance. The auteur recently appeared on the JTBC show [Movieroom] where he expressed his affection for film music by saying “I think of music as one of the actors.” Sunny and Swing Kids featured playlists that effectively capture the phasis of the 70s and 50s respectively, evoking nos-talgic memories to the senior audience while allowing the younger generation to better understand and relate to the past. In partic-ular, Swing Kids garnered the attention of the media for featuring original Beatles songs for the first time in a Korean film.