On the cultural scene - An international film festival has kicked off in Seoul‚ showcasing the latest in digital filmmaking.
But first‚ a CZECH Film Festival is showing selected films from the East European country.
Son Heekyung has more.
In the decade and a half since Korea‚ and then-named Czechoslovakia‚ established ties‚ the two countries have cultivated strong economic relations.
Now‚ adding yet another hue to the diplomatic spectrum‚ the Czech Republic is reaching out with movies in hand.
The inaugural Czech Film Festival in Seoul is a case in point.
SON HEEKYUNG‚ REPORTER: "The event takes Koreans on a cinematic journey through the Czech Republic. Eight films dating from the '60s to the present have been chosen‚ and each reflects a different side of life in the Central European country‚ including women in Czech society."
Most of the movies seek to open a window into a crucial event in modern Czech history.
A highlight is the 1966 work "Closely Watched Trains" about a boy working at a train station in German-held Czechoslovakia during World War Two.
This film won several international awards including an Oscar for best foreign film.
Despite chilly weather‚ a good crowd turned out for the festival opener in Seoul.
TOMAS SMETANKA‚ CZECH AMBASSADOR TO KOREA: "There are five that were done in the 1960s‚ which was a really special period in the Czech cinema when it became the worldwide phenomenon. So I'm glad that we have a chance to represent this in Korea for the first time."
The Czech Embassy in Seoul says it plans to make the film fest a yearly happening.
KIM SEONGUK‚ FESTIVAL ORGANIZER: "Our ultimate goal is to strengthen relationships between Czechs and Koreans. We hope the event raises Koreans' interest in films from the Central European country and encourages Koreans to better understand the lives and culture of Czechs."
In another part of the Korean capital‚ an international film and digital arts festival invites movie fans to enjoy more than 290 innovative shorts and feature films‚ along with music videos‚ workshops and parties!
The Resfest Digital Film Festival now in its 10th year is back with an even richer lineup.
KIM HYUNJU‚ FILMGOER: "I look forward to attending Resfest every year. Many works here are experimental‚ while others are radical in nature. I now have a better idea of the world's latest digital filmmaking."
Resfest started out small in San Francisco‚ but has since evolved into a major global festival touching down at 40 cities around the world.
Son Heekyung‚ Arirang News. Reporter : firstname.lastname@example.org