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Ko - production in Busan
  • PIFF unveils 2005 lineup
  • Sep 09, 2005
  • The Pusan International Film Festival, which will celebrate its tenth edition from October 6-14 in the port city of Busan, announced its program on Tuesday, September 6. Featuring a record 307 films from 73 countries, the 10th PIFF will open with a new, final cut of Taiwanese director HOU Hsiao-hsien's Three Times, which previously screened in Cannes and Toronto in different versions. The film depicts three love stories portrayed by the same actors in three different time periods. The festival's closing film will be Korean drama Wedding Campaign, about two farmers who travel to Uzbekistan in hopes of finding a wife. Produced by Tube Pictures, the film stars JEONG Jae-young, YOO Jun-sang, and SOO Ae. In a change from last year, the PIFF closing party will be open to the general public, making for a more audience-friendly event all around. Meanwhile competition section New Currents, open to first and second-time Asian directors, will feature eleven films including seven world premieres. A jury headed by Iranian director Abbas Kiarostami will present an award to the best film in the section. Other jury members include director Eric Khoo (Singapore), director Mika Kaurismaki (Finland), actress Lee Hye-young (Korea) and Cannes Head of Films Christian Jeune. Master classes will be taught by Kiarostami and British director Peter Greenaway, whose films will also be featured in a special Spotlight on British Cinema. Together with Japanese director Suzuki Seijun, Greenaway will be honoured in a handprinting ceremony. Other special sections at the festival include a retrospective of the works of the late Korean director LEE Man-hee; a 30-film section highlighting classics of Asian cinema; a collection of new works by directors formerly awarded at PIFF; and a selection of 20 films highlighting conversation to commemorate Busan's upcoming hosting of the APEC conference of political leaders from the Asia-Pacific region. As announced previously, PIFF will launch an Asian Film Academy (AFA) this year together with Dongseo University and KOFIC. Director HOU Hsiao-Hsien has been chosen to preside over the academy, with instructors including director PARK Ki-yong, Thai director Nonzee NIMIBUTR, Chinese director/cinematographer YU Lik-wai, and Korean cinematographer HWANG Ki-seok. PIFF will also present the Korean Cinema Award to Dieter KOSSLICK, festival director of the Berlin International Film Festival, and Thierry FREMAUX, artistic director of the Cannes Film Festival, for their efforts to promote Korean cinema worldwide. Meanwhile the Asian Filmmaker of the Year Award, presented to an individual or organization who has made a significant contribution to promoting Asian cinema and cultural exchange worldwide, will be presented to Japanese broadcaster NHK. More information about this year's festival and program can be found at the website
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