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Pusan Film Fest celebrates the 10th anniversary with 307 films from 73 countries

2005/09/09 | 123 views | Permalink | Source

Celebrating the 10th anniversary of Asia's biggest film extravaganza, the Pusan International Film Festival (PIFF), taking place from October 6 to 14 in Pusan, is now ready to throw its biggest party yet for its 10th edition with special programs and events.

Kim Dong-ho, chief director of the annual festival said, more than 300 films from 73 countries will be showcased, with a richer and fuller program, than any other year. Of the works, 61 films will be world premieres. As there are 28 films of international premieres and 87 films of Asia premieres, it proves the notable world premieres include Loft by Japanese director Kiyoshi Kurosawa, Love Talk by Korea's Lee Yoon-ki (who won PIFF's top award last year with This Charming Girl), Iranian director Abolfazl Jalili's Full Or Empty, and comedy Hold Up Down by Japanese director Sabu.

The nine-day event will open with, "Three Times", a Taiwanese film directed by China's auteur director Hou Hsiao Hsien. Meanwhile Korean drama Wedding Campaign, about two rural men who travel to Uzbekistan in search of brides, will provide a light-hearted close to the festival, in keeping with organisers' wishes to make the closing ceremony a more public-friendly event. It is Korean director Hwang Byung-kuk's directorial debut film.

The nine-day event's main programs include "A Window on Asian Cinema", "New Currents", "Korean Panorama", "World Cinema", "Wide Angle", "Open Cinema" and "Critics' Choice", to show a variety of spectrums and current trends in cinema. "A Window on Asian Cinema" is to screen 38 films from 20 countries including Indonesia, Taiwan and China. PIFF's lone competition section "New Currents", open to first and second-time Asian directors, will feature seven world premieres and eleven titles in all.

The "World Cinema" section features movies in select countries whose film industries are now booming. "We have invited films from Israel, France, Hungary and Poland to reflect their growing presence in the global market, and this year will also highlight indie films", programmer Jeon Yang-jun said.

In the "Wide Angle" section known for presenting works of progressive spirits, programmer Hong Hyo-sook said the visible trend this year is that filmmakers are attempting to bolster the overall quality of their films rather than experimenting with new forms and styles.

To help offer visitors more chances to see films, the festival has increased the number of venues with 14 screens added from 17 in the previous year.

Online ticket purchase for the opening and closing films is available from Sept. 15 to 16.

The Source : Koreacontent News Team

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