The Great North Korean Picture Show (SD Asian Film Festival) (Singapore) (2012)

Official Selection, 2013 Buenos Aires International Independent Film Festival

Official Selection, 2013 Hot Docs Canadian International Film Festival

Official Selection, Southeast Asian Film Festival 2013

In Competition, Dubai International Film Festival 2012

The US Premiere of:

'The Great North Korean Picture Show' (2012) (Trailer below)

From the SD Asian Film Festival site:

"It’s one of the freakiest facts of recent history that the late despot Kim Jong-il was also a hardcore movie buff, running North Korea’s national film industry like a classic Hollywood mogul. He’d approve scripts line-by-line, oversee shooting, and according to legend, could spot edits down to the very frame."

"With 'The Great North Korean Picture Show', directors Lynn Lee and James Leong take us deep into the alternate reality that was film production under the Supreme Leader. We watch rehearsals where eager young actors giggle their way through propagandistic scripts and patriotic dance routines, and tag along with Kim Jong-il’s favorite director as he bullies his cast of extras (all real People’s Army soldiers) into overacting their hearts out."

"The documentary often feels like Waiting For Guffman, but with a serious political edge. In order to gain access to the nation’s film schools and sets, the directors had to agree to total censorship approval of their footage. And yet, small, seemingly unassuming details speak volumes: the self-effacing hero worship of the acting students, the petty dictatorial management style of their teachers, the mix of spartan austerity and gee-whiz hopefulness that is evident everywhere. Even in scenes where Kim Jong-il is not mentioned, his totalitarian presence is felt. The result is a portrait of North Korean film culture that is absorbing, hilarious, and subtly frightening." –Lev Kalman

Lynn Lee, James Leong / Singapore / 2012 / documentary / 94 mins / English, Korean with English subtitles /US Premiere

Event Host: Robb

Special Note: Tickets may sell you'll want to order them online ahead of time at the following link: Click Here For Tickets

When and Where: We'll meet up in the lobby of the Digital Gym Cinema at 5:20pm and head into the theater at 5:30pm.  The movie starts at 5:45pm.  If you don't get there until after can either find us in the theater or look for us in the lobby after the film.

After the Film: We'll swing by Rudford's across the street to chat and have a bite to eat until 8:30pm.  At that time...those that are going to the next film will walk back over to the Digital Gym for the 8:50pm showing of 'How To Disappear Completely' - (Separate Tickets Required)

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  • Phil C

    I like seeing something from North Korea to get a better idea of that coutry. Other than that I didn't really like the film.

    1 · November 12, 2013

  • Robb

    Since there are two films back-to-back Tuesday, with a bit of time between them, I'll post the agenda for the entire evening:

    'The Great North Korean Picture Show'

    - We'll meet up in the lobby of the Digital Gym Cinema at 5:20pm

    - We'll head into the theater at 5:30pm.

    - The movie starts at 5:45pm.

    ~Between Shows~

    We'll swing by Rudford's across the street to chat and have a bite to eat until 8:30pm. At that time...those that are attending the next film ('How To Disappear Completely') will walk back over to the Digital Gym

    'How To Disappear Completely'

    - We'll meet up in the lobby of the Digital Gym Cinema at 8:30pm

    - We'll head into the theater at 8:35pm.

    - The movie starts at 8:50pm.

    See everyone tomorrow night!

    ~ Robb

    November 11, 2013

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