EN - Comrade Kim Yong Mi is a North Korean coalminer. Her dream of becoming a trapeze artist is crushed by the arrogant trapeze star Pak Jang Phil who believes miners belong underground and not in the air.

NL - Kim Yong Mi werkt in een steenkoolmijn op het Noord-Koreaanse platteland. Wanneer ze de kans krijgt om auditie te doen in het PyongYang circus ziet ze haar grote droom om trapeze artiest te worden dichterbij komen, maar ze wordt gedwarsboomd door de arrogante trapezester Pak Jang Phil, die gelooft dat mijnwerkers onder de grond thuishoren en niet in de lucht.

FR - Kim Yong Mi travaille dans un charbonnage en Corée du Nord. Elle s'apprête à réaliser son rêve de devenir trapéziste en passant une audition pour le cique de Pyong Yang. Mais très vite, elle sera confrontée à l'arrongance de la trapéziste Pak Jang Phil, qui considère que les mineurs ne sont pas faits pour travailler dans l'air, mais bien dans le sol. Une histoire réconfortante dans laquelle l'impossible devient possible.


Title Comrade Kim goes Flying
Original title 김동무는 하늘을 난다
Status Completed
Production Majority Flemish
Category Features
Genre drama - romantic comedy
Year 2012
World première / first public presentation 2012-09-08


Cast Han Jong Sim (as Comrade Kim Yong Mi), Pak Chung Guk, Ri Yong Ho, Kim Son Nam, An Chang Sun, Ri Ik Sung, Kim Un Yong, Ryu Gyong Ok, Han Mi Ryong, Kim Chol, Mun Dok Min, Sin Gwang Song, Han Kil Myong, Kim Song Ran
Photography Hwang Jin Sok
Editing Alain Dessauvage, Kim Yun Sim, Gao Bing, Ren Jia
Sound Pedro Van der Eecken, Rim Yu Song, Rim Bong Chun
Art director Kim Won Song
Costume Pak Yu Jong
Makeup Ho Yong, Ho Myong Suk
Music Ham Chol, Frederik Van de Moortel
Animation AnneMarie Walsh, Mark Lowther

Technical specs

Running time film 81'
Release format DCP
Other available formats available upon request
Aspect ratio 1/1.85
Sound format 5.1 on DCP
Colour Colour
Available in 2D


Production partners Nicholas Bonner (Koryo Group), Ryom Mi Hwa (KFEIC)


2013: Tromsø International Film Festival - horizons (NO) / Rotterdam International Film Festival - spectrum (NL) / Göteborg International Film Festival - fem kontinenter (SE) / Portland  International Film Festival - special screening in New Directors Showcase (US) / Luxembourg City FF - special screening (LU) / Cinema 360° presented by Viendomovies - Discovery Zone / CinemAsia- Miami International Film Festival (US) / CAAMFest, San Francisco International Asian American FF (US) / Vilnius International  Film Festival "Kino pavasaris" - Critic's Choice (LT) / Fribourg International Film Festival - special section (CH) / Hawaii International Film Festival (US) / CPH PIX - Copenhagen Feature Film Festival (DK) / Mooov Film Festival (BE) / San Diego Asian Film Festival - Spring Showcase (US) / Udine Far East Film Festival (IT) / Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival (US) / Seattle International Film Festival (US) / Sydney Film Festival (AU)

2012: Toronto International Film Festival - Contemporary World Cinema (CA) / Pyongyang International Film Festival - in competition (KP) / Busan International Film Festival, South Korea - special screening (KR) / Taipei Golden Horse Film Festival, Taiwan - panorama (TW)


- Pyongyang International Film Festival, North Korea (September 2012) - in competition: Winner Best Direction Award

Broken Circle and Borgman in Sydney’s Competition

Felix van Groeningen’s The Broken Circle Breakdown and Alex van Warmerdam’s feature Borgman, a co-production with Flanders through Epidemic, are selected to compete in the official competition of this year’s Sydney Film Festival (5-16 June). The Sydney fest is one of the world’s longest-running festivals, its official competition presenting the Sydney Film Prize and $60,000 in cash.

The Broken Circle BreakdownAfter taking the Berlinale by storm, The Broken Circle Breakdown went on to conquer other parts of Europe. Now, also Australia has fallen for the intense drama.

Published on Wednesday 15 May 2013

CPH PIX picks three from Flanders

This year’s fifth edition of Copenhagen’s CPH PIX Film Festival (11-24 April) presents three (co-)productions from Flanders. Felix van Groeningen’s The Broken Circle Breakdown and Joachim Lafosse’s Our Children are screening in the Politiken’s Audience Award spectrum, while Comrade Kim goes Flying, a co-production by Anja Daelemans, is selected for an Open Air film screening.

Comrade Kim goes Flying Fi newsAn intense drama, van Groeningen’s The Broken Circle Breakdown is screening in the fest’s Politiken’s Audience Award section, which assembles a selection of 10 films which could fare well in Danish cinema distribution and also harbours Joachim Lafosse’s Our Children. The winning film is rewarded with support to be launched in Danish cinemas and will also be shown on Danish television.

Published on Thursday 4 April 2013

The Fifth Season selected for Busan, Hamburg and Rio

The Hamburg International Filmfest (27 September-6 October), the Rio de Janeiro Int’l Film Festival (27 September-11 October) and the Busan Int’l Film Festival (BIFF, 4-13 October) have all confirmed Peter Brosens and Jessica Woodworth’s The Fifth Season for their line-up. The film is currently enjoying the red carpet in Toronto for its North American premiere after grabbing two awards at the Venice Film Festival just last week.

fifth season_woodworth_brosens_selected busan, hamburg, rioThe Fifth Season is not the only Flemish film selected for Busan. Marc-Henri Wajnberg’s Kinshasa Kids, Enzo d’Alo’s Pinocchio and Comrade Kim Goes Flying by Anja Daelemans et al also grace the fest’s line-up. All three films are doing very well internationally: Venice selected both Kinshasa Kids and Pinocchio, while Toronto picked Kinshasa Kids and Comrade Kim Goes Flying.

Published on Wednesday 12 September 2012

Five Flemish productions to Toronto

Peter Brosens & Jessica Woodworth’s The Fifth Season has been selected for the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF, 6-16 September). This is the film's second invitation from a major international film festival after its place in the competition in Venice. Toronto also added Vincent Bal’s Nono, the Zigzag Kid, Marc-Henri Wajnberg’s Kinshasa Kids, Jacques Audiard’s Rust and Bone and Comrade Kim goes Flying by Kim Gwan Hun, Nicholas Bonner and Anja Daelemans to its line-up.

the fifth season brosens woodworthThe Fifth Season will be competing in the Wavelengths section for ‘films that expand our notions of cinema’ and made by ‘daring, visionary and autonomous voices’. Toronto will also mark the film’s North American premiere. This new feature by filmmaking duo Brosens and Woodworth is the last part of a trilogy. After Khadak, which won the Lion of the Future/Luigi de Laurentiis Award in Venice in 2006 (where it was shown as part of the Venice Days), and the award-winning Altiplano which received its world premiere at the Cannes Critics' Week, The Fifth Season once again focuses on the troubled relationship between man and nature.

Published on Tuesday 14 August 2012

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Director Kim Gwang Hun, Nicholas Bonner, Anja Daelemans
Producers Anja Daelemans
Writers Sin Myong Sik, Kim Chol

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