Film Festival Opens in Movie-Crazy North Korea

By: The Associated Press Email
By: The Associated Press Email

PYONGYANG, North Korea (AP) - An international film festival opens Thursday in the unlikeliest of places: North Korea.

Held every two years, the Pyongyang International Film Festival is the only time North Koreans get to see a wide array of foreign films on the big screen. It's also the only time foreigners are allowed into North Korean movie theaters to see films alongside the locals.

This year's festival includes movies from Britain, Germany and elsewhere. But not America.

Festivalgoers will get to see two feature films in North Korea but edited overseas: the romantic comedy "Comrade Kim Goes Flying," a joint North Korean-European production, and "Meet in Pyongyang," made in conjunction with a Chinese film studio.

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