‘8 Suspects’ Invited to Compete at 55th WorldFest-Houston International Film Festival

The Korean film “8 Suspects” was nominated for the “Remi Award” at the 55th WorldFest-Houston International Film Festival in the United States. [KINEMAFACTORY]

Kinemafactory announced on Friday that its film “8 Suspects”, directed by Oh In-chun, has been invited to the 55th WorldFest-Houston International Film Festival in the United States.

The film festival, founded in 1968 by producer and director Hunter Todd, is the third oldest and oldest independent film festival in the world. Renowned directors such as John Lee Hancock, Steven Spielberg, Ang Lee and David Winning are notable alumni of the festival. The festival presents awards in 10 major film and video categories as well as over 200 sub-categories.

“8 Suspects” was nominated for the “Remi Award”. It is the only Korean film among 30 feature films nominated in the category.

“Paper Flower,” which stars veteran actor Ahn Sung-ki, received the Platinum Remi Award and Best Actor Award at the 53rd edition of the event in 2020. The Platinum Remi Award equals Best Picture in a foreign language.

“It would have been absolutely impossible [to be nominated] without the passion and talent of those who worked with me on this film,” director Oh said through the production company. “All cast and staff gave their all, especially during the exceptionally unstable weather and unpredictable Covid-19 situation.”

“8 Suspects” is a historical crime film centered on eight elites of the Joseon Dynasty (1392-1910), who are accused of being spies to disrupt Joseon’s independence from Japanese occupation.

The film is expected to hit local theaters in the second half of this year.

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Darcy J. Skinner