Busan Film Festival Ducks Typhoon, opening with a festive note

Busan Film Festival Ducks Typhoon, opening with a festive note Busan Film Festival Ducks Typhoon, opening with a festive note

After the typhoon swept back the events in Busan on Wednesday night and brought back memories of last year's drowning, the organizers of the Busan International Film Festival must be extremely pleased that much of the proceedings on Thursday are planned.

Indeed, by the time the opening ceremony began at Thursday's sunset, the problem was heat and humidity. A light evening breeze was very welcome as local and international celebrities spent the red carpet along the city’s landmark Busan Cinema Center.

The ceremony began with a children's choir, which evoked a joyful cooling of the audience.

While at the national level, Korean and Japanese politicians have engaged in one of the most bitter diplomatic ranks, the Busan Festival, which is not unfamiliar to political intrigue, has deliberately kept its doors open. The award for the festival's prestigious Asian filmmaker will be won not only by the opening film "Horse Thieves", a joint production of Japan and Kazakhstan, but also by Japanese auteur Kore-eda Hirokazu, who is the director of the 2108 Palme d'Or winner "Shoplifters". .

For reasons not explained, Kore-eda did not appear in person to receive the award. But instead, he sent a video message and promised to be in Busan a few days later at the screening of his last festival's favorite "Truth" gala.

It also celebrates Korean filmmaking, which has gone from hiding to beating the world during the Busan Festival. (Bong Joon-ho's silent drama "Parasite" won Palme d'Or this year and will receive his final spin during Busan.)

The highlight of the highlights is a 10-part film screening to mark the 100th anniversary of Korean cinema. These include director Kim Ki-Young's film "Housemaid" (1960) and Park Chan-wook's "The Old Boy" (2003).

There is also a Korean retrospective section - Kim Ki-Young's "Woman from the Fire" (1971) and Kim Soo-yong's 1981 "Late Autumn" - have stood out. About twenty titles will be premiered in the Korean Cinema section today, and the festival will end ten days after Lim Dae-hyung's "Winter of the Moonlight", which won the festival's New Currents Award "Merry Christmas Mr. Mr. ” in 2016.

The Korean Film Prize was awarded to Bae Yong-jae and Yoo Dong-suk, the organizers of the Paris Korean Film Festival, who have screened 500 films in 14 years. "Our goal is to create a cultural code for Korean cinema in France," said Bae.

The ceremony was hosted by former Miss Korea's former Miss King Lee Hanae (Honey Lee), who has established a solid acting career and is currently rising to the rank of "Extreme Work" star, which is now the highest Korean film ever.

Korean films are doing well with their home audiences, despite the proliferation of Netflix and other streaming services. (The festival includes Netflix's title "The King" from David Michod). Korean films sold nearly 57 million tickets in the first half of the year and accounted for 52% of ticket offices, their best first-half performance since 2013.

But there are concerns in the industry that filmmaking is going to be too expensive (only 14 of the top 50 are considered for profit) and too skewed to recorders. Busan programmer Nam Dong-chul recently described the difficulties new talent is trying to break through as a crisis.

Today, however, the mood was festive and the emphasis on style.

The Korean talent on the red carpet was the stars of K-pop boy band EXO Suho, Jo Yeo-jeong (“Parasite”) and “Exit” Cho Jung-seok and Lim Yoona.

Foreign guests included Indian director / actress Tannishtha Chatterjee, who turned her head in the brilliant golden ensemble Amy Billimoria, iconic producer Ekta Kapoor, and actresses Konkona Sen Sharma and Bhumi Pednekar, Singapore Eric Khoo, Hong Kong director No. 7 Yonfan Tom Shu-Yu Lin, an international co-production of Evening Fog Garden, sponsored by HBO Asia and Malaysia Astro, and Malaysia Astro, which will make its world premiere this week.

Several Oscar-winning musicians, A.R., are expected at the later festival. Rahman and Timothee Chalamet.
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