Selections of the Busan International Film Festival

Yugyeong Jeong

Following the last article on the hosting of the Busan International Film Festival (BIFF), I would like to explain the programs and entries of the festival. The BIFF consists of 11 program sections. Gala Presentation is a section in which the director or actor meets the audience and directly introduces the film. The Icon section introduces new works by masters representing the contemporary era. Through the window of Asian cinema and New Currents, it is possible to grasp the main trends of Asian cinema. Korean Cinema Today_Panorama, Vision and the Korean Film Retrospective Exhibition are sections that showcase various important Korean works. World Cinema and Flash Forward offers an overview of the trend of global cinema, including new and international film awards by non-Asian directors. Wide Angle shows off the best works in the fields of short films, documentaries, and experimental films. The Open Cinema, films that have attracted international interest are screened at the outdoor theater of the Busan Cinema Center.

The opening film was chosen for the omnibus film, “Septet: The Story of Hong Kong” directed by 7 leading Hong Kong directors. The film depicts the story of Hong Kong people from the 1950s to the present and the near future. It is also a meaningful work representing Hong Kong, where the chaotic situation continues. The closing film is “Josee, the Tiger and the Fish (TAMURA Kotaro),” an animated remake of a novel made in a film by director Inudo Isshin. It is a story about Josee, who traveled the world through a stroller carried by her grandmother because she was unable to use legs, meets Tsuneo, loves him and confronts the world. With a hopeful and bright image, this film will warm the hearts of many people who might have felt helpless and frustrated this year.

You can also see 23 of the 56 films at the Cannes Film Festival that could not be held due to COVID-19, and award-winning films at major international film festivals such as the Venice Film Festival and the Berlin Film Festival. Each year, about 300 films were screened 2 or 3 times on 37 screens. This year, the movie has been reduced to 192 films, and will be screened once on five screens per Busan Cinema Center. Under difficult circumstances, the lineup of films is highly evaluated and competition to buy tickets is expected to be fierce as it will be made online without on-site reservations. Find the movies you are interested in and check the reservation schedule after mid-October.

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