′Countdown’ Sells Out All 1400 Tickets at TIFF
Countdown sold out all 1,400 of its tickets at the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF). The film, which was invited to be shown in the Special Presentation Section of the 36th TIFF, made its first official screening on September 13 at the Elgin Theater.
The Elgin is one of the central theaters of the festival, and the films shown in this particular theater are recognized yearly as representative films of the TIFF. Moreover, for a film directed by a new director to be screened as part of the Special Presentation Section is a rare and exceptional situation, drawing even more attention to Countdown from press and moviegoers.
The film captivated the entire theater with each scene, and the audience gave a standing ovation as soon as the film was over, the applause having started before the ending credits even started scrolling. The praise continued until Director Heo Jong Ho and actors Jeong Jae Yeong and Jeon Do Yeon appeared on stage.
Jiovanna Fulvi, an Asian film programmer, introduced the film by saying, “This film is the debut piece of director Heo Jong Ho, but when you watch it, you will be surprised at its great structure.”
Director Heo Jong Ho used a megaphone when he said, “This is the first screening of my first film. I will not be able to remember each and every one of you, but I will remember today forever.”
Jeong Jae Yeong made the audience laugh when he said, “I guess my looks fit in Toronto because everyone’s cheering so much,” and added, “You’re so passionate I can’t tell whether I’m in Korea or Toronto. I’m very happy and excited to be meeting you in such a large theater.”
This was Jeon Do Yeon’s second appearance at the film festival, following last year’s appearance. “Now that I’ve come back to Toronto to stand here again, I feel a thirst to act in more great pieces. I want to meet you again later on with another great piece,” she said.
Countdown contains fast-paced action and a tight story, centering on the deals made between the male and female leads. The film is aiming for a September 29 premiere.
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