“Next Sohee” with Bae Doo-na will be screened at the Fantasia International Film Festival

Poster for “Next Sohee” directed by July Jung (Twin Plus Partners)

Korean director July Jung’s second feature, “Next Sohee” starring movie star Bae Doo-na, has been invited to the 26th Fantasia International Film Festival, which will be held from July 14 to August 3 in Montreal.

Jung’s feminist crime thriller will have its North American premiere on the closing night of Fantasia.

The Korean director is known for creating films that realistically depict social issues in Korea.

The Canadian film festival organizer announced that “Next Sohee” was selected as the closest to the event due to the film’s impressive final scene.

Several Korean films, including “Voice of Silence” directed by Hong Eui-jeong and “Bring Me Home” directed by Kim Seung-woo, were presented to North American audiences during the festival in Montreal.

In May, “Next Sohee” also closed Critics’ Week, a parallel event dedicated to the screening of the directors’ first and second films on the sidelines of the Cannes Film Festival. Jung’s film is the first Korean film selected as the Critics’ Week closing film.

Bae, who appeared in “Broker” and “Next Sohee” which screened at Cannes this year, was unable to attend the festival due to a scheduling conflict in the filming of the new science-fiction saga. Netflix fiction by Zack Snyder, “Rebel Moon.” Meanwhile, director and “Next Sohee” co-star Kim Si-eun attended the festival held in France.

In Jung’s film, So-hee (played by Kim) is a high school student who works in a call center. One day, Detective Yoo-jin (played by Bae) becomes suspicious of an incident unfolding at the call center.

According to Jung, the film was inspired by a real event involving the death of a 19-year-old girl. A 2017 SBS investigative documentary program shed light on the incident.

The film has also been invited to the competition section of the 12th World Cinema Amsterdam which will be held from August 20 to 27.

“Next Sohee” is also the second project Jung and Bae have worked on together, following the director’s 2014 feature debut, “A Girl at My Door,” which was also invited to screen at the Cannes Film Festival. This film deals with heavy topics like social justice, child abuse, small town politics and migrant worker issues.

Jung won several awards with this feature debut, including Best Debut Film at the 25th Stockholm International Film Festival and Best New Director at the 51st Baeksang Arts Awards.

By Song Seung-hyun ([email protected])

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