Cleveland International Film Festival } April 7 – April 18, 2021 } Playhouse Square

The Lovers and the Despot

 

Year: 2015
Country: UNITED KINGDOM
Run Time: 93 minutes

The Lovers and the Despot

Kidnapping, power-mad tyrants, glamorous film stars, exotic international spies, imprisoned lovers—this is the stuff from which epic and adrenalin-fueled thrillers are made. Except this one is real. Famed South Korean director, Shin Sang-ok, and his ex-wife and South Korea's most revered film actress, Choi Eun-hee, were kidnapped by North Korean dictator Kim Jong-il. Kim was desperate to raise the international esteem of his country's cinema, so he “invited” the two to make films there. The captive lovers knew their very lives depended on cooperating with Kim's plans. While trying to survive and find the means of escape, their estranged relationship healed. You just can't make these things up. Using a brilliant mixture of tape recordings, photographs, authentic propaganda footage, and clips from Shin's films to wittily illustrate the narrative, THE LOVERS AND THE DESPOT is a documentary unlike any other, with life imitating art imitating life. Plots this weird, world leaders this insane, love this sweeping, and international espionage this twisted can only exist in real life. (In English, Korean, and Japanese with subtitles) –C.R.

CIFF40 Screenings

Tower City Cinemas

Wednesday, April 06, 2016 at 11:40 AM

Thursday, April 07, 2016 at 9:30 PM

Sidebar
Pan-Asian Films

Competition
Greg Gund Memorial Standing Up Competition

Directors
Robert Cannan, Ross Adams

Ross Adams has directed and edited music videos and art installations, and is a highly regarded photographer and actor. Robert Cannan is a writer, producer, and director.

Filmography
THE LOVERS AND THE DESPOT (2015)

Producer
Natasha Dack Ojumu

Editing
Jim Hession

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