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By 이다영

Published : Feb. 11, 2011 - 19:53

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Late Autumn (Korea)
Opening Feb. 17

Drama. Directed by Kim Tae-yong. Prisoner Anna (Tang Wei), a Chinese-American woman who murdered her husband seven years ago, is released from jail for three days to attend her mother’s funeral in Seattle. In the bus heading to Seattle, Anna runs into Hoon (Hyun Bin), a Korean gigolo. Spending the next 72 hours together, the two begin to develop genuine feelings for each other. The film is a remake of Korean director Lee Man-hee’s 1966 film of the same title.

Soul Kitchen (Germany)
Opening Feb. 17

Comedy. Directed by Fatih Akin. Zinos, a German of Greek descent, owns Soul Kitchen, a shabby, run-down restaurant providing working-class food in the Hamburg area, in an old warehouse space. The business is struggling financially, and tax inspectors ask Zinos for payments. Occasionally a punk rock band uses the restaurant as practice space, but never pays rental fees. An old sailor, Sokrates, continuously works on his boat at the warehouse, but is never able to pay the rent.

Remember Me (U.S.)
Opening Feb. 17

Romance. Directed by Allen Coulter. His relationship with his father strained in the wake of a family tragedy, rebellious New Yorker Tyler (Robert Pattinson) finds love with the one girl who understands him. Tyler was not looking for love, but that is exactly what he found when he met Ally (Emilie de Ravin). 

Enchanted by her beauty and inspired by her spirit, Tyler finds that his strange life suddenly makes sense when he is around her. As their relationship grows, Tyler learns to live his life with passion, and value the little things. When buried secrets threaten to tear the young couple apart, Tyler realizes that sometimes love is worth fighting for.

Lourdes (Austria, France, and Germany)
Opening Feb. 17

Drama. Directed by Jessica Hausner. Christine (Sylvie Testud) has spent most of her life in a wheelchair, unable to use her arms and legs. While she has a keen mind and the means to seek treatment, she looks for a solution to her condition in faith as well as science. Christine makes a pilgrimage to Lourdes, the village in Southwestern France where a celebrated miracle is said to have occurred, and checks into an upscale clinic where a young nurse named Maria (Léa Seydoux) is assigned to look after her. Christine thinks she and Maria are becoming friends, but the nurse prefers to spend her time with co-workers rather than patients, and often flirts with Kuno (Bruno Todeschini), a handsome man who works at the clinic. Christine finds herself talking to Mme. Hartl (Gilette Barbier), who has a powerful belief in the healing powers of the Lourdes waters, and after treatment, Christine finds she has regained use of her limbs.

Re-encounter (Korea)
Opening Feb. 17

Drama. Directed by Min Yong-geun. Twenty-three-year-old Hye-hwa (Yoo Da-in), who works for abused and abandoned animals, one day receives an unexpected visit from her ex-boyfriend Han-soo (Yoo Yeon-seok). The two used to date while attending high school together. But when Hye-hwa became pregnant with his baby, Han-soo left town leaving no possibility for contact. Hye-hwa, who still suffers from the experience, refuses to listen to what Han-soo has to say. But she cannot help feeling overwhelmed when Han-soo tells her their baby, whom she thought had died after being born, had in fact been adopted by an unknown couple.