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CAAMFest: Jiseul (O Muel, South Korea, 2012)

  • Mar 15, 2013 · 7:00 PM
  • This location is shown only to members

Note: Showtime is 7:30 p.m. Running time is 108 minutes. Tickets are $10 as part of a CAAMFest 6-Pack, $10 for CAAM members, $11 for students, seniors (65+) and the disabled, and $12 general, available at the CAAMFest Web site. Tickets CAN and WILL sell out, so get yours sooner rather than later. We'll meet in the ticket holders' line, and anyone who has trouble finding the venue or the group can call Alby at[masked]-5971.

CAAMFest (formerly the San Francisco International Asian American Film Festival) takes place March 14 through 24 at venues across the Bay Area, showcasing film, music, food and digital media by some of the world's leading Asian and Asian American artists.

Writer-director O Muel's second feature, a stark expressionist take on a little-known tragedy of postwar Korea, won the World Cinema Dramatic Grand Jury Prize at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival.

Synopsis: In 1948, a group of villagers on Jeju Island goes into hiding when the U.S. Army orders the arrest or execution of all people living five kilometers outside the Korean Peninsula.

Trailer here:

"As hazy and haunting as a half-forgotten nightmare." -- Maggie Lee, Variety

"Beautiful and solemn" -- Justin Lowe, The Hollywood Reporter

Official selection of the Busan, Rotterdam, Sundance and Vesoul film festivals


  • World Cinema Dramatic Grand Jury Prize, 2013 Sundance Film Festival
  • Cyclo d'Or (grand prize), 2013 Vesoul International Film Festival of Asian Cinema
  • CGV Movie Collage Award, Director's Guild of Korea Award for Best Director, Citizen Reviewers' Award and NETPAC Jury Award, 2012 Busan International Film Festival

We'll meet and greet after the movie.  Join us!

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  • Ted

    Just can't make a film focusing only on the minutiae of the absurdity of war & then during the credits unsubstantiatingly & thematically do an outtake & blame the entire drama on America (same country that has protected u from annihilation for the last 50 years, & from a dad/son tag-team who threatens u w/ nuclear annihilation on a daily basis, not to mention a communist-styled starvation potato-diet that would have killed you off anyway) because it loses sight of (oh-oh) the bigger picture -- unless of course you're trying to win a grand jury prize @ Sundance.

    If it just innocently stuck to the absurdity of war, & how innocent bewildered apolitical civilians (exquisitely symbolized by pig & potato) are routinely savaged & slaughtered as pawns & collateral damage in ALL wars, it would have been a really good flick w/ its symbolism, stark smokey b&w surrealistic motif, smokey spirituality, smatterings of magic reality, & a very tender contemplative sympathy toward human potentiality & the human condition.

    March 16, 2013

  • Iris

    March 16, 2013

  • Darryl

    The film was very well directed in regards to a very hardish event that happen in 1948.

    March 16, 2013

  • Terry P.

    Already seeing another CAAM film...will try to see the 2nd screening

    March 12, 2013

  • Terry P.

    Hi folks, here's my review of Jiseul for Hyphen Magazine:

    March 12, 2013

  • Stanley

    Going to be there for a different film but have fun everyone.

    March 7, 2013

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