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Korean laughs and tastes in Beaver Creek

Daily Staff Report
Vail, CO, Colorado
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BEAVER CREEK ” The Vail Symposium’s Beaver Creek Food and Film Series continues on Wednesday at 7 p.m. at the Vilar Performing Arts Center with a blend of international film, cuisine and discussion. “Woman on the Beach” is a smart comedy directed by Hong Sang-soo of South Korea, who is “arguably the best director you’ve never heard of,” said film critic Walter Chaw.

This week’s film-goers are in for a treat,” said Fraidy Aber, the Vail Symposium’s executive director.

“The last two weeks we have visited coming-of-age stories in political throes of Iraq and Chile. Now, we are switching gears to a sweet-and-sour film of romance and play,” Aber said.

After the film, a sampling of Asian fusion will be accompanied by a discussion with film critic Walter Chaw in the Vilar’s lower lobby. The food tasting will be catered by Foxnut and will feature tastes of yellow tail kimchee ceviche cones and bulgogi sliders with sambal olek emulsion.

“Woman On The Beach” ” Running time: 100 minutes

A creatively blocked film director travels to an off-season beach on Korea’s West Coast getaway to end his writer’s block and finish a script. The director convinces one of his associates to join him. The colleague, however, does not arrive alone.

Instead, he brings with him a young, flirty, female composer.

Before too long, the director finds himself involved in two murky love triangles among the resort’s empty beaches and vacant hotels. In the process, the film’s protagonist acknowledges the destructive patterns of his behavior and generates material for his new film.

In the signature manner of filmmaker Hong Sang-soo, the film is filled with hilarity and intellectual emotion. The human flaws of the characters of Woman on the Beach are playful and lighthearted, but thought-provoking, and they will challenge the members of the audience to consider their own character flaws.

These flaws, their motives, and the cinematographic elements will be discussed following the film with Chaw over a food tasting.

A mainstay of the Food and Film Series, Chaw has become known in Vail for his insightful commentary and the many connections he draws from viewing mroe than 400 films per year. Chaw is the senior critic at filmfreakcentral.net. He has been published in L.A. Weekly, among other alternative weeklies across the country, and is syndicated in more than 50 small press publications. Tickets are available at the Vilar box office, or by calling 970-845-TIXS.

– Wednesday: “Woman On The Beach” (S. Korea, 2006, Unrated)

– Sept. 10: “The Band’s Visit” (Israel, 2007, Rated PG-13)

Each film is followed by a food tasting and a discussion with film critic Walter Chaw.

Show times at the Vilar Performing Arts Center in Beaver Creek are 7 p.m. Tickets are $11. Call 970-845-TIXS or visit http://www.vilarpac.org to reserve a ticket.

Call the Vail Symposium at 970-476-0954 or visit http://www.vailsymposium.org for more information.


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