The Lovers and the Despot
Snowy Owl Theater @ Icicle Creek Center for the Arts - 7409 Icicle Road Leavenworth, WA 98826
In 1970s South Korea, actor Choi Eun-hee and her ex-husband, film director Shin Sang-ok, were divorced, estranged and both struggling with stalled careers. Unfortunately, both their lives seemed changed forever when they were individually kidnapped in 1978 by their biggest fan, Kim Jong-il, despot of North Korea. With persuasion and brute force, the movie obsessed Kim planned to use them to develop the Hermit Kingdom's film industry and get it out of its mindless propaganda mentality. Through the words of Choi, their family, associates and US intelligence personnel, you will follow the bizarre slavery of this couple even as they rediscover their love and secretly gather evidence of the dictator's crimes. All they while, they struggle to play along with the world's most dangerous film geek as they desperately plan for their escape.
“The all-time strangest true-life story connected to the cinema.”
- The Hollywood Reporter
$10 General Admission / $12 at the door
$7 Student / $9 at the door