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Ross Adam & Robert Cannan, The Lovers and the Despot

An incredible but true tale The Lovers and the Despot tells how North Korean film lover and future dictator Kim Jong-il kidnapped Choi Eun-hee, his favorite South Korean actress. He wanted her to revitalize his nation’s cinema but only after he also kidnapped South Korea’s greatest filmmaker, her ex-husband. The English directing duo Ross Adam and Robert Cannan struggled for nearly seven years to finish their eye-opening documentary in time for the January 2015 Sundance world premiere.