Dir. Jim Finn
USA 2008, 62 mins
Feat. Sung Kim; Daniela Kostova; Jung Yoon Lee
Perhaps best-known for his scene-stealing performance in Team America, Communist dictator Kim Jong Il is himself an enthusiastic film-buff who has written a good deal of ‘Juche theory’ on the role which cinema should play in strengthening the state. The Juche Idea uses the tale of a South Korean video artist on residency in North Korea to delve into some of these ideas, combining pseudo-documentary and amazing found-footage sequences to funny and thought-provoking effect. It’s the final – and we reckon best – in a loose ‘propaganda’ trilogy by Chicago explorer Jim Finn, whose Interkosmos screened at Flatpack 2.
Baskerville – The Animated Movie (dir: David Osbaldestin)
A short portrait of Birmingham’s pioneering typographer.