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Goran Topalovic Previews Korean Film Retrospective in NYC

“Korean Cinema’s Golden Decade: The 1960s” is coming to the Walter Reade Theater in New York City. From September 1 through 17, 24 films spanning the decade will be shown, some in 35mm format. The works range from classics such as Kim Ki-young’s “The Housemaid” (1960) to Lee Man-hee’s “A Day Off” (1968), which was censored and not released because of its taboo subject matter, instead placed in storage and all but forgotten for 37 years. It’s a unique opportunity to see some foundational Korean works on the big screen. Several other films which were once thought to be lost will also be screened. The film genres include drama, war, and horror. The series was organized by Young Jin Eric Choi, Goran Topalovic, and Tyler Wilson. 

The Nerd Element spoke with Goran Topalovic, a founding member of Subway Cinema, a nonprofit dedicated to preserving and showing Asian cinema and preserving America’s Asian film heritage. He has over 20 years of experience programming and writing about East Asian cinema, and was also was one of the founders of the New York Asian Film Festival. Topalovic discussed with us how the series of 24 films was curated, his interest in East Asian films, and what makes the 1960s the “golden decade” of Korean Cinema.

To purchase tickets: https://www.filmlinc.org/series/korean-cinemas-golden-decade-the-1960s/

Learn more about Subway Cinema at: https://www.subwaycinema.com/

For more about Korean film history and preservation, please visit: https://eng.koreafilm.or.kr/main

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