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Weekends

Runtime:
98 min.
Year of Production:
2016
Country:
South Korea
Director:
Production Company:
BANDAL
Berlinale Section:
Panorama

Every weekend the gay male choir G-Voice rehearses in Seoul – as they have been doing since 2003. The choir, being a kind of antidote to homophobic Korean society, makes the everyday lives of gay men its theme in an intelligent and humorous way. For their tenth anniversary, the members are planning to give their first big concert with ambitious arrangements, creative choreographies and many new pieces. This really puts these amateur singers to the test because the enthusiasm of some members outweighs their vocal abilities, whilst others work themselves into the ground as voluntary organisers. Besides preparing for their big day, G-Voice are also politically active, singing for equality and serenading against discrimination, and not just at LGBTQ demos. Director Lee Dong-ha

succeeds, almost incidentally, in giving an insight into gay life in Korea. He also accompanies choir members and organisers after the rehearsals, when conversations become more personal over a meal. Filmed in the style of glossy music videos, G-Voices’ set-pieces provide a commentary, among other things, on the men’s experiences of Korean society, their conservative families and a gay joy of life.

BIOGRAFIE Dong-ha Lee

Born in Busan, South Korea in 1977, he studied cultural sciences in Seoul and has worked as a television drama director. WEEKENDS is his first feature-length documentary.

FILMOGRAFIE Dong-ha Lee (selection)

2016 Weekends  2011 Zenith 

Trailer
Interview with Lee Dong-ha

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