SKorean film festival to feature NKorean comedy

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In this image made out of film "Comrade Kim Goes Flying" released by Another Dimension of An Idea/Koryo Group, Comrade Kim Yong Mi played by Han Jong Sim smiles in Korean dress.  It's a classic tale of a small town girl who follows her dreams to the big city. But in this case, the girl is a North Korean coal miner, the big city is Pyongyang and her dream is to become a high-flying trapeze artist. “Comrade Kim Goes Flying,” a collaboration between a North Korean director and two European filmmakers, makes its world premiere Saturday, Sept. 8, 2012 at the Toronto International Film Festival before it heads to Pyongyang later this month for its North Korean debut. (AP Photo/Courtesy of Another Dimension of An Idea/Koryo Group) EDITORIAL USE ONLY

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SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Asia's largest film festival will feature an unusual romantic comedy set in North Korea when it kicks off next month, organizers said Monday.

South Korea's Busan International Film Festival runs Oct. 4-13 and includes more than 300 movies from 75 counties. Among them is "Comrade Kim Goes Flying," co-directed by a North Korean filmmaker and two European directors.

The film is about a plucky young woman who runs off to the circus, only to find her wings clipped by the show's handsome but arrogant superstar.

Organizers said it is the first time since 2003 that the festival will present a movie directed by a North Korean. In 2003, five North Korean movies played at the festival.

"Comrade Kim Goes Flying" has been shown at the Toronto International Film Festival and will play at the Pyongyang International Film Festival later this month.

Makers of the film have been hoping to screen it in both South and North Korea. The two Koreas have remained technically at war since the Korean War ended in 1953 with a truce rather than a peace treaty.

Festival organizers said they want to invite the North Korean director and the two European filmmakers to Busan.

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