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S. Korean movie 'Chalet' invited to international film festival

All Headlines 14:49 April 06, 2016

SEOUL, April 6 (Yonhap) -- A South Korean movie on Korean peace and unification has been invited to the Arizona International Film Festival, the Ministry of Unification said Wednesday.

Directed by Park So-jin, "Chalet" depicts Koreans' dream for national unification through inter-Korean understanding and communication.

In the movie, a South Korean woman and a North Korean male defector split a room in a shanty area of Seoul. One gets the room during the day, the other at night.

Although the two are unacquainted, they begin to form a relationship through post-it notes they leave in the room. Later, they openly communicate and achieve true understanding of each other.

Produced with the ministry's financial assistance, the cinema won the gold award last year in a contest the ministry held for movies on unification and peace on the Korean Peninsula.

Running from April 14 to May 1, the 25th Arizona International Film Festival will show a total of 58 films from 25 countries across the world. It is the oldest and longest-running independent film festival in Arizona.

Taking place every year, its film program includes a mix of shorts, children's films, features, documentaries and animations.

A unification ministry official said it will continue to support filmmakers who want to shoot unification-related movies starting in May.

"We will also make strenuous efforts to widen public awareness and consensus for national unification through movies on the pains of the divided Korean Peninsula," the official said.
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