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International film fest to hit Lawrenceville

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"The Face Reader" is one of 21 movies to be shown during the Atlanta Korean Film Festival Sept. 20-28. (Special Photo)

If this week’s new movie releases aren’t your thing, the Atlanta Korean Film Festival kicks off today with the showing of “The Face Reader” at Georgia State University’s Rialto Center for the Arts.

During the nine-day festival, 21 titles will be presented at five theaters in three different cities throughout Georgia: Atlanta, Lawrenceville and LaGrange.

Among the films, there are two U.S. premieres and five Atlanta premieres.

At 8 p.m. today, opening night features appearances by director Jee-Woon Kim, actor Seung-Yong Ryoo, actress Ji-Won Ye and Yeo-Jeong Jo.

There is a U.S. premiere as well called “The Face Reader,” which portrays the turbulent life of a genius face reader who tried to change the destiny of Joseon Dynasty. The film was directed by Han Jae-rim and stars Song Kang-ho, Lee Jung-jae, Baek Yoon-shik and Kim Hye-soo. It is set to open in United States on Oct. 4.

There are other screenings and discussions at Emory University, Carmike LaGrange 10, Cinefest Film Theater, LaFayette Square, Georgia Tech Student Center and AMC Sugarloaf Mills 18.

Sugarloaf Mills Mall is located at 5900 Sugarloaf Parkway in Lawrenceville.

The festival runs through Sept. 28. For more information about schedules and tickets, visit www.KoreanFilmFestival.net.