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Comrade Kim Goes Flying

Director Nicholas Bonner scheduled to attend | June 1 & June 2

Belgium, United Kingdom, North Korea | 2012 | 83 minutes | Anja Daelemans, Nicholas Bonner, Gwang Hun Kim

The first Western-financed fiction feature made entirely in North Korea, Comrade Kim Goes Flying is the winning story of a young female coal miner who dreams of becoming a trapeze artist.

June 1, 2013
AMC Pacific Place 11  
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June 2, 2013
AMC Pacific Place 11  
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The first Western-financed fiction feature made entirely in North Korea, Comrade Kim Goes Flying tells the story of Kim Yong-mi (Han Jong-sim), a young woman following in the dusty footsteps of her coal miner father (Kim Son-nam). Outside of work, however, Yong-mi is devoted to her amateur acrobatics. When she's offered a post with a construction crew in Pyongyang, she jumps at the chance, not least because it'll allow her to see her heroine, gymnast Ri Su-yon (Kim Un-yong). Like many a plucky young girl with a dream before her, Yong-mi gets backstage at the circus, and meets Su-yon and the other acrobats, including stuck-up male star Pak Jang-phil (Pak Chung-guk). A chance to audition for them on the high wire is a dream come true, but the young miner's trapeze skills fail her, and Jang-phil mocks her for the attempt. Yong-mi, however, is not so easily deterred, determined to prove that just because she works underground doesn't mean she shouldn't be able to fly.

Director Biography
Anja Daelemans works as a line producer for film and television. Her productions have won 61 awards in international film festivals, and Daelemans herself has been nominated for two Academy Awards® for her short films Fait d'hiver and Tanghi argenti. After a study visit to Asia in 1993, Nicholas Bonner became so fascinated with North Korea that he banded with Joshua Green to create Koryo Group, a company that specializes in cultural exchanges with North Korea.

Sponsored in part by Delta Air Lines, Snoqualmie Tribe

Director: Anja Daelemans, Nicholas Bonner, Gwang Hun Kim
Principal Cast: Han Jong-sim, Pak Chung-guk, Ri Yong-ho, Kim Son-nam, Han Kil-myong
Country: Belgium, United Kingdom, North Korea, United Kingdom, North Korea, Belgium
Year: 2012
Running Time: 83 minutes
Producer: Anja Daelemans, Nicholas Bonner, Ryom Mi Hwa
Screenplay: Myong Sik Sin, Chol Kim
Cinematographers: Jin Sok Hwang
Editors: Alain Dessauvage, Kim Yun-sim, Bing Gao, Jia Ren
Music: Chol Ham, Frederik Van de Moortel
Website: http://www.comradekimgoesflying.com
Awards: Pyongyang International Film Festival 2012 (Best Direction Award)
Filmography: Gwang Hun Kim: Great Bear (2009); Watch Us (2008); Unforgettable Man (2002); My Wish (2001); Nicholas Bonner: Debut Feature Film; Anja Daelemans: Debut Feature Film
Language: Korean
HasSubTitles: Yes
Format: DCP
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