Quais du Polar and the Institut français , the cultural service of the French embassy, the Korean Publishers Association (KPA) and the Korean Literature Translation Institute (KLTI) collaborated around detective literature for a round-trip between Seoul and Lyon, in order to create bridges between those two countries’ “noir” cultures. Writers and publishers will take the trip.
Korea in Lyon
In July 2021, in Lyon, Quais du Polar welcomed a discovery focus about South Korea through 3 invited authors – Pyun Hye-young, Seo Mi-ae, Kim Un-su –, noir films screening, publishers and literary partners took part to Polar Connection.
An online roundtable lead by the journalist Philippe Manche, allowed to discover Korean crime fiction through five writers: Seo Mi-Ae, Kim Jay, Kim Un-Su, Zang Minhye et Park Seo-Lyeon.
A cinema programme also allowed the public to discover iconic Korean films, presented by Korean authors.
City investigation in Seoul
The Quais du Polar’s City investigation has already inspired investigations in Leipzig or even Palermo, always supported by the festival’s team and loyal to the spirit of the original version.
This time, aspiring detectives will throng Seoul streets in Gangnam neighbourhood, where the SIBF is held, in order to resolve an investigation written by Seo Mi-ae, a very popular detective novels author in Korea, invited to Quais du Polar in April.