Gina Kim’s five feature-length films and works of video art have screened at more than 80 prestigious international film festivals and venues including Berlin, Locarno, Rotterdam, San Sebastian, Sundance and Venice, as well as MoMA, the Smithsonian and Centre Pompidou in Paris.
Theatrically released in France, Korea, and the United States, her films have garnered critical acclaim. According to Variety, "Kim's highly sensitive camera turns the film into a chamber-piece hushed eroticism and surprising narrative grip." Le Figaro said, "Kim is a fearless feminist who conceals an extreme sensitivity."
Hailed by the Los Angeles Times as a "deeply introspective and accomplished art film," Film Comment selected Invisible Light (2003) as one of the 10 best films of 2003.
Starring Jung-woo Ha and Vera Farmiga, Never Forever (2007) was the first co-production between the United States and South Korea. Kim was subsequently nominated in the Best New Director category at the Motion Picture Association of Korea’s Daejong Film Awards (the Korean equivalent of the Academy Awards) and was awarded the Jury prize at the 2007 Deauville American Film Festival.
In 2009, Kim was a jury member at the 66th annual Venice Film Festival where her film Faces of Seoul (2009) premiered. She was then featured in L'Uomo Vogue as one of the "Talents of Venice."
Final Recipe (2014) was the opening film in the Culinary Cinema sections of the Berlin and San Sebastian international film festivals, and the opening film for the Hawaii International Film Festival and the USA Film Festival. The Hollywood Reporter said Kim "conjures a non-exotic piece out of a territory-trotting narrative, where every place is made to seem like home." The film will be distributed in the German language territory, Italy, Latin America, the Middle East, Spain, Switzerland and the former Yugoslavia. It will also open theatrically in the United States, Korea and China.
Kim was the first Asian woman to teach in Harvard University’s department of Visual and Environmental Studies. In acknowledgment of her special contribution to the teaching of undergraduates at Harvard College, she was awarded a Certificate of Teaching Excellence in 2014.