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  • BIFF Reveals Program for 18th Edition
  • by Pierce Conran /  Sep 04, 2013
  • 301 Films from 70 Countries to Screen
    Korea’s largest film event, the Busan International Film Festival, is set to return for its 18th edition next month. Yesterday evening, the festival revealed its packed program for 2013. This year’s festival will feature 301 films from 70 countries. Among those will be 95 world premieres and 42 international premieres. Vara: A Blessing, a Bhuntanese film by director Khyentse NORBU, will open the proceedings while The Dinner, a new local independent production by KIM Dong-hyun, will close out the event nine days later.
    This year’s gala presentations will include the BONG Joon-ho’s Snowpiercer and KIM Jee-woon’s The X, a new short film developed to showcase CGV’s new Screen X exhibition technology. Meanwhile, BIFF’s main competition event, the New Currents section, will feature three local indies this year, up from last year’s two: LEE Yong-seung’s 10 Minutes; AHN Seonkyoung’s Pascha; and CHOI Jin-seong’s Steel Cold Winter.
    The Korean Cinema Today program will feature 14 titles in its ‘Panorama’ section and an additional 10 in ‘Vision.’ Among the veterans represented will be KIM Ki-duk (Moebius), HONG Sangsoo (Nobody’s Daughter Haewon, Our Sunhi), JEON Kyu-hwan (My Boy), RYOO Seung-wan (The Berlin File) and LEE Jang-ho (GOD’s Eye View). There will also be new films by YEUN Sang-ho (The Fake), SHIN Yeon-shick (Rough Play), and NOH Young-seok (Intruders), as well as the debuts of novelist CHO Se-rae (The Stone) and A-list stars HA Jung-woo (Rollercoaster) and PARK Hoon-joong (Top Star).
    Among the many programs on offer will be a 70-film retrospective on legendary Korean filmmaker IM Kwon-taek. A special program will also be dedicated to the recently departed filmmaker PARK Chul-soo. The Asian Project Market will also be taking place this year during the Asian Film Market with 30 new projects. This year’s Busan Film Festival will take place from October 3rd to 12th.
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