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Comrade Kim Goes Flying premiere at Toronto filmfestival

Ik kan met veel trots melden dat Comrade Kim Goes Flying, de internationale feature film waar ik de score voor schreef het zeer goed deed op het Toronto filmfestival. Hieronder de tekst van in het programmaboekje van Toronto.

Comrade Kim Goes Flying premiere


A young female coal miner struggles to realize her dream of becoming a circus acrobat in this winning, life-affirming fable that is the first Western-financed fiction feature ever made in North Korea.


A winning, life-affirming fable about a young coal miner’s pursuit of her dream to become an acrobat, Comrade Kim Goes Flying marks a milestone in film history: it is the first Western-financed fiction feature made entirely in North Korea. But this charming film wears its heavy historical mantle with grace, weaving a lovely, light-hearted tale whose themes — overcoming adversity, and realizing the dream of a lifetime—upend our assumptions of a largely cloistered culture.

Kim Yong-mi (Han Jong-sim) works as a coal miner in a small village. She dreams of one day joining the national circus and performing on the trapeze — despite the fact that she is deathly afraid of heights. When she is promoted and sent to the capital, Pyongyang, she seizes the opportunity to make her dream come true. Insinuating herself into the circus and struggling to overcome her acrophobia, Yong-mi meets Pak Jang-phil (Pak Chung-guk), the arrogant, good-looking star of the Pyongyang Trapeze Troupe. At first, Jang-phil makes fun of the congenitally klutzy Yong-mi. But eventually her beauty, endearing personality and unyielding determination win him over, and give him a valuable lesson in humility.

The team behind Comrade Kim Goes Flying — co-writer and co-director Nicholas Bonner, an Englishman based in Beijing who has long promoted cultural exchange with North Korea; his collaborator Kim Gwang-hun, a North Korean filmmaker; and Belgian filmmaker Anja Daelemans, who also served as co-producer — spent six years putting this unprecedented project together, overcoming numerous difficulties — not least the fact that their stars are actual circus acrobats who had never acted before. But the result is a gorgeously filmed romantic comedy that transports us to a fantastic world seemingly out of time, with astonishing, candy-coloured images of the seldom-seen North Korea.

Giovanna Fulvi


Directors: Anja Daelemans, Nicholas Bonner, Kim Gwang Hun
Countries: Belgium / North Korea / UK
Year: 2012
Language: Korean
Runtime: 83 minutes
Rating: PG
Producer: Anja Daelemans, Nicholas Bonner, Mi Hwa Ryom
Production Co.: KFEIC, Koryo Group, Korea April 25th Film Studio, Another Dimension of an Idea
Principal Cast: Jong Sim Han, Chung Guk Pak, Yong Ho Ri, Son Nam Kim, Kil Myong Han, Chang Sun An, Ik Sung Ri
Screenplay: Myong Sik Sin, Chol Kim
Cinematographer: Jin Sok Hwang
Editor: Alain Dessauvage, Yun Sim Kim, Bing Gao, Jia Ren
Sound: Frederik Van de Moortel, Pedro Van der Eecken, Yu Song Rim, Bong Chun Rim
Music: Chol Ham, Frederik Van de Moortel
Prod. Designer: Won Song Kim