South Korea has one of the world’s most interesting and dynamic film industries, but as in many other film industries, women’s voices are vastly underrepresented. These two very recent, critically acclaimed films, each one made by a woman director and featuring a woman protagonist, both focus on the transition from girlhood to adulthood, but otherwise could hardly be more different.
Darcy Paquet, an IU alumnus with a master’s degree in applied linguistics, is one of South Korea’s most prominent film critics and the creator of the website koreanfilm.org. He moved to Korea in 1997 to teach English at Korea University, but became fascinated with Korean cinema and made it his life’s work. He also teaches classes on cinema at Kyung Hee University and Korea University and does freelance subtitle and screenplay translation and radio and television work. In addition to his criticism, he has written extensively on the Korean film industry with pieces featured in Screen, Variety, and the Korean film weekly Cine 21. He is the IKS Scholar-in-Residence during January and February, 2020.
Director Bora Kim is scheduled to be present during the screening of House of Hummingbird on February 10.