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  • THE HORSE THIEVES and MOONLIT WINTER to Bookend 24th Busan Film Festival
  • by Pierce Conran /  Sep 18, 2019
  • BIFF to Celebrate 100 Years of Korean Cinema

    The Busan International Film Festival will descend on Korea’s second largest city once more next month for its 24th edition, which will open with the film The Horse Thieves. Roads of Time, co-directed by Kazhakstan’s Yerlan NURMUKHAMBETOV and Japan’s Lisa TAKEBA, while Moonlit Winter, from homegrown director LIM Dae-hyeong but shot in Japan, is set to close the event.

    NURMUKHAMBETOV was a recipient of the New Currents award in Busan in 2015 for The Walnut Tree. The director also took part in the New Currents competition in 2017 with his debut Merry Christmas Mr. Mo.

    Filing up this year’s gala slots are Japanese filmmaker KOREEDA Hirokazu’s English language debut The Truth, Wayne WANG’s US-Korean co-production Coming Home Again, David MICHOD’s The King and Robert GUEDIGUIAN’s Gloria Mundi.

    BIFF is introducing the ‘Icons’ section this year, which will showcase the work of master filmmakers. Included in this year’s lineup will be BONG Joon-ho’s Palme d’Or-winning PARASITE, as well as new films by Agnieszka HOLLAND, Ken LOACH, Xavier DOLAN, Werner HERZOG, Costa GAVRA and KUROSAWA Kiyoshi, among others.

    The festival will commemorate the centenary of Korean film this year with the program ‘The 100 Year History of Korean Cinema: 10 Great Korean Films’, which will include seminal works such as PARK Chan-wook’s Old Boy (2003), BONG Joon-ho’s Memories of Murder (2003), IM Kwon-taek’s Seopyeonje (1993), YU Hyun-mok’s An Aimless Bullet (1961) and KIM Ki-young’s The Housemaid (1960).

    Another special program this year will be ‘Gaze and Memories: Asia′s Leading Women Filmmakers’, which will showcase the works of Indian filmmaker Deepa MEHTA, Vietnamese director TRINH T. Minh-ha and Yasmin AHMAD of Malaysia.

    This year’s Korean Cinema Retrospective will focus on the work of acclaimed cinematographer JUNG Il-sung, including works he made with IM Kwon-taek (Mandara, 1981), KIM Soo-yong (Late Fall, 1982), KIM Ki-young (Woman of Fire, 1971) and LEE Doo-yong (The Last Witness, 1980).

    Leaving Las Vegas director Mike FIGGIS has been invited to head this year’s New Currents competition jury. This year’s Busan International Film Festival will unspool from October 3 to 12.
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