• By: OLM Staff

The IFFO to screen K-film ‘Aloners’ at Ottawa’s Bytowne Cinema

The Korean Cultural Centre (KCC), in partnership with the International Film Festival of Ottawa (IFFO), is presenting a screening of Aloners, a film directed by Sung-eun Hong. The only Korean film at the festival, Aloners, will be showcased online from March 9 to March 20 and in-person at the Bytowne Cinema on March 11, 2022.

Aloners tells the story of Jina, a solitary woman who chooses not to have a relationship with anyone. The film, which delicately captures the image of living alone in the modern world, raises a subtle yet impactful question: Why do people choose to live alone?

Director Hong won the ‘Best New Director Award’ at the 43rd Cairo International Film Festival for this film, and actress Seung-Yeon Gong, who plays ‘Jina,’ won the ‘Best Actress Award’ at the 39th Torino Film Festival. Aloners also won two awards at the 22nd Jeonju International Film Festival, drawing favourable reviews from critics and audiences alike.

“In a long-term partnership with various international film festivals, including IFFO, the KCC continues to introduce brilliant films from Korea. The KCC aims to provide a platform to familiarize Canadians with various Korean movies and increase their interest in Korean cinema”, says Sungeun Lee, the director of the KCC. 

Moreover, in celebration of the in-person screening, the KCC is running a special event online. Participants can enter to win a free movie ticket to see ‘Aloners’.

More information about the screenings can be found at the KCC website at http://canada.korean-culture.org and IFFO website at https://www.iffo.ca/2022/aloners.

Watch the movie trailer.

About the International Film Festival of Ottawa

Hosted by the Canadian Film Institute since 2020, the International Film Festival of Ottawa (IFFO) is Ottawa’s largest film festival. From March 9 to March 20, offline and online events will be held simultaneously for the general public to enjoy with the virtual screenings available in both Ontario and Quebec. Cinephiles and Ottawa locals will have the opportunity to experience an eclectic mix of 50+ globally recognized shorts and feature films.

Click here to see the full 2022 festival schedule.