'Comrade Kim Goes Flying' will be screened, alongside other North Korean classics
The 22nd Bucheon International Fantastic Film Festival takes place later this month, and in an unusual move, the South Korean government has granted the festival permission to screen films from the North.
North and South Korea both have tight controls on what kind of materials can enter their respective countries from the other side. In South Korea's case, anything that praises the DPRK's political system is strictly verboten. However some exceptions can be made in artistic or academic circumstances, which was the case in this decision, according to a report in NK News.
The films to be screened include The Story of Our Time, Pulgasari, and Comrade Kim Goes Flying – North Korea's first girl power rom-com, co-directed by Koryo Founder Nick Bonner. Comrade Kim was in fact the first North Korean film to be shown to a public audience in South Korea, at the Busan International Film Festival in 2012. Bonner said he was 'very happy' to hear about the film's forthcoming comeback in South Korea, on July 20th.