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2018 Programs

Brief Summary

Continuing the tradition inaugurated with last year’s spotlight on Arabic short films, Fantastic Fest is ecstatic to once more showcase short-form cinema from a unique region of the world. Inspired by this year’s presiding theme, the SHORTS WITH KIMCHI program celebrates both burgeoning and established Korean filmmakers across five distinctly brilliant short films, each of which demonstrate the peninsula's remarkable dexterity for indelible genre cinema. Martial arts mayhem mingles with pointed cultural commentary, a meditative mystery precedes an outrageous and nostalgic riff on a contemporary Hollywood musical, and FF alumn Lee Kyoung-mi (THE TRUTH BENEATH) joins the throng with a delirious psychodrama starring LADY VENGEANCE herself Lee Young-ae!

Films in this program:

  • UNKNOWN WOMAN
    A peculiar encounter with a stranger inspires a man to reflect on the fallibility of his own memory in this enigmatic meditation on the mutability of relationships.
  • HUMAN STONE
    A high stakes game of Go between two national champions becomes dramatized as an exhilarating and skillfully choreographed martial arts brawl.
  • THE LADY FROM 406
    Lee Yeong-ae (LADY VENGEANCE) portrays the titular tenant at the heart of this beguiling psychodrama about a woman driven mad by the habits of her upstairs neighbor.
  • PEPPER
    In an allegory of reincarnation, a ghost goes on a journey that reveals how devastating the persistence of strict gender roles can be on the human spirit.
  • LAL LA LAND
    A fading movie star tries to contemporize his image in order to seize the limelight once more in this nostalgic musical comedy that pays tribute to the two former Korean action icons who star in it, and the cult classics they made.