The Lovers and the Despot

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PrintInternational Arthouse Series

The Lovers and the Despot

  1. Friday, December 9, 2016 9:30 p.m.
  2. Saturday, December 10, 2016 7:00 p.m.
Still image from the film The Lovers and the Despot
They were the Brangelina of ’70s South Korea—the romance between the debonair film director Shin Sang-ok and glamorous actress Choi Eun-hee took them to the heights of South Korean society. Fame took a toll on their love, but it also attracted unbelievable twists of fate. The two find themselves kidnapped by the North Korean regime, and they are forced to play along with a bizarre filmmaking project led by superfan cinephile Kim Jong-il. Enduring torture, imprisonment, and surveillance, their romance is rekindled, and they realize escape is only possible through filmmaking—but the smallest mistake in their plans could cost them their lives. (2K DCP Presentation)