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Chungmuro Musical Film Festival opens this weekend

Posted July. 19, 2017 07:25,   

Updated July. 19, 2017 07:32


A festival where people can enjoy hit musical movies such as "La La Land" and the "Phantom of the Opera" will be held in Seoul.

The Jung-gu Cultural Foundation said Tuesday that it will hold Chungmuro Musical Film Festival as (CHIMFF) at Chungmu Art Center, Dongdaemun Design Plaza and CGV Myeongdong from July 22 through 30. CHIMFF is the first and only musical film festival in the world. It was chosen as the Festival of the Year by the Seoul Metropolitan Government.

The keyword of this year's CHIMFF is Bob Fosse. CHIMFF will introduce "All that Fosse," a tribute event to commemorate the 90th birthday of Bob Fosse, the top choreographer and musical film director in the 20th century. "Chicago," a musical-turned movie, will also be shown.

Unique concerts will be also held. The opening film "Silent Movie: Chicago 1927" is certain to attract many audience as people can enjoy performance of jazz pianist Cho Yoon-sung and a band.

"Les Miserable: Special Concert for its 25th Anniversary" will be performed as the closing concert. The concert held to commemorate the 25th anniversary of the musical in London in 2010 will be on the theater in Korea for the first time.

New musical films will also be introduced. Neil Triffett, has made his short film "EMO the Musical," a growth story of teenagers that was advanced to the Berlin Film Festival in Competition sector, into a long film.

"We hope musicals with relatively high price barriers to be accessed more easily by the public through screens," the festival's co-organizing chair Kim Seung-eop said. "We anticipate the revival of Chungmuro, the cradle of Korean movie."

Ji-Young Jeong jjy2011@donga.com