Driven by the desire to decompartmentalize genres and offer a quality selection in exceptional settings, CINÉMA GALERIES is offering the eighth edition of its annual indoor and outdoor festival, L’HEURE D’ÉTÉ.

Every year, in partnership with the Alderman for Culture of the City of Brussels and the Brussels-Capital Region, the Cinema Galeries chooses an international city and programmes a selection of films and cultural and artistic events to discover its unique atmosphere.

For this new edition, in collaboration with the Korean Cultural Center, the Summer Hour Festival will celebrate the 100th anniversary of Korean cinema by exploring the city of Seoul and more broadly South Korea and its many lesser-known aspects. The festival will run from July 10 to August 9 with outdoor screenings from Thursday to Saturday at Place Poelaert, the Cité administrative and the other days of the week at the Cinema Galeries.


– Old Boy, Park Chan-wook, 2004 –

South Korean cinema remained largely unknown until the mid-1990s, when the Busan International Film Festival (BIFF) began to reveal filmmakers such as Hong Sang-soo, Im Sang-soo and Hur Jin-ho to the world. Today, South Korean cinema is known for its dynamism and is one of the few to compete on its own soil with American cinema. Various schools coexist: classical films, based on Korean traditions and culture (Im Kwon-taek), romantic comedies, dramatic films, as well as fantastic, detective, horror, virtual reality, musicals, k-drama.


– The Good, the Bad and the Weird, Kim Jee-woon, 2008 –

For the past ten years or so, a new wave of young directors, more rooted in contemporary life, have been asserting their imaginations. This summer, the Brussels public will have the opportunity to discover some thirty films that will highlight both the views of the great authors and the work of the new generation of South Korean directors.

– Okja, Bong Joon-Ho, 2017, Netflix –

The film programme will cover the history of Korean cinema through different periods and themes, from kino-dramas to propaganda films, then Korea under Japanese occupation from 1919 to 1953 and the classics of Korean cinema, the period from the golden age to the recession from 1953 to 1980.

Then, the apogee of the Korean blockbusters, which were both a financial and critical success in Korea in the 1990s.

Then came the recognition of Korean cinema internationally, in the early 2000s until 2012 to find a new impetus from 2012 to the present day. A series of documentaries will support this advance of Korean cinema in its history.

This year, the themes will cover topics such as the city of Seoul, the discomfort that new generations may feel, the place of women in South Korea’s history, LGBT films and the relationship between South Korea and its neighbour North Korea.

To open the festival, a concert film organized and performed by Ensemble 0 on Lee Chang Dong’s Poetry (Cannes 2000 Script Prize) will invite audiences to discover this masterpiece in a whole new light.

We also want to promote Seoul street art in Brussels by inviting an artist from Seoul to make a fresco that will accompany our summer programming around Seoul and Korean cinema. We also have agreements to organise Flashmobs in very prestigious places in Brussels (Galeries Royales Saint Hubert, Palais de Justice, Mont des Arts).

– Seoulite Street Artist Junkhouse –


– K-pop (Korean Pop) group BTS, Korean popular musical genre (see summer camp below) –


DATES | 10.07 – 09.08.19

EXHIBITION | An exhibition on the theme of the changes in the city of Seoul over the past hundred years will be available free of charge from July 10 to August 25. The Video and Photographic exhibition will be free and accessible from Tuesday to Sunday in the exhibition area of the Cinema Galeries (1000 square meters).

OPEN AIR I An open-air cinema experience that has become a must for the Brussels summer

FILMS |Cinéma Galeries | Cité administrative | Place Poelaert

KIDS I Short animated films for families and a summer internship on k-pop and performance in collaboration with Opera Capture Club