The 12th Pusan International Film Festival (Oct. 4 to 12) will open with the world premiere of Chinese director Feng Xuaogang’s (The Banquet) new movie Assembly.
Co-produced by China’s Huay Brothers and Korea’s MK Pictures, Assembly is a drama about a man who devotes his life to restoring the honor of a comrade who disappeared during the war.
The theme of the festival this year is "Beyond Frame", symbolizing the importance of breaking down barriers that divide people within the world's film industry. PIFF has emerged as a major film festival in Asia, where innovative regional films are introduced to moviegoers, film critics, journalists and distributors.
The newly-added section, “Gala Presentation”, screens master artists' new or the year's most talked-about films. This year, the section will feature the latest works by Lee Myung-se, Royston Tan and Hou Hsiao Hsien. Organizers said there will be one screening per day during the festival period, making this branch "a festival within a festival".
And “Flash Forward”, a new world cinema section, looks into young filmmakers who stand out in the industry. This year, Kriv Stenders's Boxing Day, Serge Bozon's France, and Michael Kang's West 32nd will be featured, along with eight other innovative films by young directors.
Finally, the Korean Cinema Retrospective section will be devoted to Kim Seung-ho, a famous actor in the 1950s and 1960s, and seven Korean films which the office of Cutlural Heritage Administration has designated as "National Assets".
One thing to look forward to is a special program in honor of the late Edward Yang, one of Asia's most prominent filmmakers, who died in June. Festival organizer Kim said the program will feature Yang's entire film lineup, adding that the festival staff made great efforts to secure all eight films.
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"This year, PIFF will focus on helping Asian films play a bigger role in the world market, while promoting exchanges that go beyond continents", festival director Kim Dong-ho said at a news conference held last week. The international premiere of the Japanese animation Evangelion 1.0: You Are (Not) Alone by Hideaki Anno, Kazuya Tsurumaki and Masayuki will close the festival. The animation is a new theatre adaptation of 1995 TV animation Neon Genesis Evangelion, the first of three films Anno has planned and is released in Japan on Sept. 1. Source: http://english.chosun.com/
The Festival will feature a record 274 films from 64 countries, along with gala events in the southeastern port city of Pusan.