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Life Unrehearsed at Hong Kong Arts Centre



Women Direct. Korean Indies! – Korean Women Independent Film Series 2023


Venue: Louis Koo Cinema, Hong Kong Arts Centre

Date: 2023.06.29 - 2023.08.13

Price: Standard HKD 85. Concession HKD 68. Package HKD 560.


Tickets are available from 29 May on POPTICKET Co-presented by the Hong Kong Arts Centre and the Seoul Independent Film Festival, here comes one of our most popular film programmes again! Bringing you the best of Korean women independent cinema! Selected fiction and documentary features continue to tell stories of personal and social concerns through the lenses of women – across different genres - about forbidden love, leak of intimate images, women’s struggles at work, motherhood, body image and others for you to explore.

All screenings will be accompanied by virtual after-screening talks with respective directors.

Programme Schedule



*With After-Screening Talk


Life Unrehearsed 두-사람

29/7/2023 (Sat) 3:00pm

Love first. Live later.

Director: Banpark Jieun Casts: Lee Soo-hyun, Kim In-sun Korea | 2022 | 80’ | In Korean and German with English subtitles | DCP | Colour

Award New Choice Award, Seoul Independent Film Festival 2022

Festivals BFI Flare: London LGBTIQ+ Film Festival 2023 Busan International Film Festival 2022 Seoul Independent Film Festival 2022 Incheon Human Rights Film Festival 2022

Thirty-six years ago, Lee Soo-hyun has met Kim In-sun at a Korean Christian Women’s Association retreat in Germany and gifted her flowers. Despite threats from her then-husband and the disapproval of Korean society, In-sun finds love and chooses to be with Soo-hyun. Now, the two of them - who first come to work as nurses in a foreign country where they know nothing of the language - are still there and already in their 70s. For 30 years, they have lived together in Berlin and shared all the joys and sorrows of life. Soo-hyun and In-sun have stood in solidarity with other foreigners like themselves while also looking after one another. They are two people who have overcame boundaries. This is their love story, and their passionate fight against the discrimination towards elderlies and lesbians in Korea.

Banpark Jieun resides in Berlin and Life Unrehearsed is her directorial debut. She has made several short films that entered film festivals.



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