Dhaka, Oct 11 (UNB) - A 5-day film festival titled 'Dhaka Korean Film Festival 2018' begins here in the city on Friday.
The opening ceremony of the film festival, to be hosted by South Korean Embassy in Dhaka, will be held at 4pm at Bangladesh National Museum in the city.
South Korean Ambassador-designate in Dhaka Hu Kang-il will attend the opening ceremony which will be followed by the premier of opening film ‘The Admiral’.
This year’s opening film ‘The Admiral’ is the most watched and highest grossing domestic film of all time in Korea.
Including the opening film, four of eight movies presented for this year’s film festival are ranked among 10 highest-grossing films in Korea.
The eight films are - The Admiral (opening film), A Taxi Driver, Train to Busan, Veteran, I Can Speak, Finding Mr. Destiny, Midnight Runners, The King of Jokgu and The Tower.
Genres ranging from comedy and drama to crime and action, the movies well represent Korea’s history, society and culture, said the South Korean Embassy in Dhaka.
The film festival is open to all and is free of charge.
Dhaka, Oct 10 (UNB) – An eight-day Bangladesh-India food festival began at a restaurant in Mumbai, India on Tuesday showcasing various delicious food items from the two countries.
Hilsa-polao of Bangladeshi culinary expert Nayana Afroz was the main attraction on the opening day of the festival which will continue till October 16 at Mustard Restaurant there.
Besides, different foods like Dhaka’s traditional items tehri, prawn fry, pitha (sweet cakes), halua and fruit-sandesh (sweetmeat made of fruits) are exhibited in the festival.
Mustard Restaurant’s owner Punam Singha, West Bengal’s culinary expert Pritha Sen, Bangladeshi culinary expert and officials from Bangladesh Deputy High Commission at Mumbai were present at the opening ceremony.
Bangladesh Deputy High Commissioner in Mumbai Md Lutfur Rahman thanked all those who are involved in the arrangement of the festival and wished its success, said a press release.
New York, Oct 9 (AP/UNB) — Arnold Kopelson, a versatile film producer whose credits ranged from the raunchy teen smash "Porky's" to the Holocaust drama "Triumph of the Spirit" to the Oscar-winning "Platoon," died Monday. He was 83.
Family spokesman Jeff Sanderson told The Associated Press that Kopelson died of natural causes at his home in Beverly Hills, California. He is survived by his wife and business partner, Anne Kopelson, and by three children.
On Twitter, fellow director William Friedkin mourned his passing, and Joan Collins posted a picture of her with Kopelson and called him "a great friend, a brilliant producer and a fabulous dinner companion."
A New York City native and graduate of New York Law School, Kopelson broke into show business as an entertainment and banking attorney and began producing films in the late 1970s. A notable and very profitable project was "Porky's," the low-budget and lowbrow comedy made in Canada after Hollywood shunned it that went on to make more than $100 million.
Kopelson would eventually aim higher. Director-screenwriter Oliver Stone had tried for years to get financing for "Platoon," the Vietnam War drama based on his own time in the military. A 1984 deal with producer Dino De Laurentiis fell through and led to legal action.
Kopelson stepped in, and Stone was able to make "Platoon" after a tumultuous production in the Philippines in early 1986, during the time the country's longtime president, the dictator Ferdinand Marcos, was being forced out of power.
"Platoon," which starred Willem Defoe and Tom Berenger, came out in December 1986 and has been cited as the first major feature film about Vietnam directed by a veteran of the war. The film was a box office success and won four Academy Awards, including one for Kopelson for best picture.
Kopelson went on to produce other films, including the cult favorite "Seven"; "Triumph of the Spirit," which starred Defoe as a boxer imprisoned in Auschwitz; "The Fugitive," a best picture nominee in 1994; and "A Perfect Murder."
In recent years, Kopelson served on the CBS board of directors and was in the news this past summer when a video he shot of media mogul Sumner Redstone became part of a lawsuit involving CBS and whether the 95-year-old Redstone was still able to make decisions.
London, Oct 7 (AP/UNB) — Screenwriter Ray Galton, who co-wrote the landmark British comedy series "Hancock's Half Hour" and "Steptoe and Son," has died at 88.
Galton's family said Saturday that he died Friday evening after a "long and heart-breaking battle with dementia."
The London-born Galton was diagnosed with life-threatening tuberculosis as a teenager. In a sanatorium, he met another sick teen, Alan Simpson, and the pair became long-term writing partners.
Manager Tessa Le Bars called them "the fathers and creators of British sitcom."
Galton and Simpson wrote "Hancock's Half Hour" for popular post-war comedian Tony Hancock. Their biggest hit was "Steptoe and Son," a sitcom about father-and-son junk dealers, which ran between 1962 and 1974. Producer Norman Lear adapted it into the U.S. sitcom "Sanford and Son."
Simpson died last year at 87.
Grand Rapids, Oct 6 (AP/UNB) — A performance about identity and race and a series of photographs about humanity's shared connections won grand prizes in a popular art competition in western Michigan.
New Jersey-based Le'Andra LeSeur's "brown, carmine, and blue" performance won the $200,000 juried grand prize at the 10th international ArtPrize in Grand Rapids.
"I'm really a loss for words," LeSeur said afterward.
She described her work as primarily about identity, and the way people navigate their lives and ultimately how they find joy. The work has a performance piece, video work and an installation element.
LeSeur said she performed on stage for 13 days carrying, at times, a cinder block representing the weight and pain we carry in life. The video work showed clips of her and members of her family interacting. And for the installation segment, the cinder blocks were merged with neon and other lighting to create a mood.
"This will definitely put me in the space of creating more work," she said of the prize. "It will also allow me to help other black, female artists get their voices out there."
Photographs by Indiana-based Chelsea Nix and Mariano Cortez won the $200,000 public vote grand prize for "THE STRING PROJECT."
"Tears came first and words came later," Nix said afterward, noting she and Cortez came out on top because their message was executed in such a simple way that even a child could understand it quickly.
"It made people feel something they haven't felt in a while," Nix said. "It made them feel vulnerable."
The grand prize winners were announced Friday night in the competition which featured more than 1,260 artworks displayed at over 160 venues. Eight other entries each won a $12,500 award.
Artists from around the world vied for $500,000 in cash prizes.
ArtPrize started last month and spans 19 days. It wraps up Sunday. The public votes on the artwork using mobile devices and the web. A group of international art experts determines the winners of the juried awards.
Photos in "THE STRING PROJECT" were taken across five continents.
"The string that runs through each portrait underscores that our similarities are greater than our differences, and what unites us is stronger than what divides us," ArtPrize Executive Director Jori Bennett said of the entry.
Lauren Haynes, curator of Contemporary Art at the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in Arkansas, said "brown, carmine, and blue" is about "what it means to be black, what it means to be a woman, what it means to be queer."
Michigan winners include "PULSE Nightclub: 49 Elegies" by John Gutoskey of Ann Arbor; "The Phoenix" by Joe Butts of Oxford; "Moving Experience" by #shangled of Sparta; "Sonder" by Megan Constance Altieri of Grand Rapids; and "Heidelbergology; 2+2=8" by Tyree Guyton Heidelberg Project in Detroit.
Following this year, organizers plan to hold ArtPrize every other year instead of annually.