You’re a movie director sitting around the house wondering what kind of film can I make next?

Wait, you’ve got it: “What do you say we do a movie about a female North Korean coal miner who dreams of becoming a trapeze artist!?”

And there you have it: Comrade Kim Goes Flying, the first movie to be filmed in North Korea that was entirely financed by Western producers and edited outside the country. It was allowed a screening at the Busan International Film Festival this week.

Here is a Q & A with the co-directors.

Best quote of the piece:

The cast included some of the most famous actors in North Korea. One of the guys is like the North Korean George Clooney and he even managed to make quite an impression on some of ladies in the European movie crew during filming.

Here is a publicity shot of the female lead, Han Jong-sim. As you probably guessed, she was not in attendance down here at BIFF. Pity, she would have made quite an impression on me, I’m sure.