The Pusan International Film Festival (PIFF) is putting its weight behind local films this year, and, under the catch-phrase 'Way to Go, Korea!' will host the World Premier of 15 Korean features. Headlining is closing film "I Am Happy"
by Yoon Jong-chan
, a psychiatric drama based on a novel by Korean literary giant, the late LEE Chong-jun. The fest runs Oct 2 – 10 in the south-eastern port city of Busan.
PIFF's competition section, New Currents, will see the World Premieres of 3 Korean features. "Land of Scarecrows
" is the sophomore effort by Noh Kyeong-tae
("The Last Dining Table
"), a poetical cross-section of the lives of Korea's outsiders in pursuit of vanishing dreams. "Members of the Funeral
" by Baek Seung-bin
is an HD feature about a family mourning the passing of relative and the memories it triggers, while Kim Tae-gon
's "The Pot"
focuses on the uncanny happenings surrounding a small family in their new apartment.
In the Korean Cinema Today – Panorama section are several anticipated features, including offbeat comedy "Crush and Blush
", the feature debut by Lee Kyoung-mi
, assistant director to Park Chan-wook
. The film is PARK' s first producing effort and centers on the awkward behavior of a jealous school teacher for her married colleague.
Indie-auteur Jeon Soo-il
is back with a drama set mainly in Nepal, called "Himalaya, Where the Wind Dwells
", starring top thespian Choi Min-sik
Other films making their world premiere in this section are "Heartbreak Library
", an erotic thriller by Kim Jeong-kwon
, "Sisters on the Road
", by Boo Ji-young
, a drama following the journey of two half-sisters after their mother's funeral, and Kim Jeong-joong
's "Oishi Man
", about a singer going deaf who travels to Hokkaido to rest.
Accompanying Panorama is the Vision section with several debut selections including PIFF returnee Ahn Seul-gi
's third feature, "How to Live on Earth
", a B-movie send up about the marital troubles of a top spy and her bookish husband, a poet. Also on the program are the autobiographical drama, "Breathless"
by Yang Ik-joon
, "The Pit and The Pendulum
", a labyrinth of memories induced by a funeral gathering by Sohn Young-sung
, street-drama "Exhausted"
by Kim Gok
, "Let the Blue River Run
" by Kang Mi-ja
, "The Room Nearby
" by Goh Tae-jeong
, and horror triptych "Evil Spirit ; VIY
" by Jinsung Park
In addition, a Gala presentation will be given to Korean-American director SOHN Soopum's "Make Yourself At Home", psychological drama about a newlywed Korean couple, set in New Jersey. It stars popular actress Song Hye-kyo
in her US debut.