Now indisputably the premier annual event for Central and East Asian cinema, Pusan International Film Festival, though a day shorter this year, has rounded up some 110 new and recent features from around the nation, making it a one-stop bazaar for Asiaphiles and those wanting to sample current trends in Asian filmmaking.
Titles already screened in Cannes and Venice, such as “A One and a Two…,” “Gohatto,” “Eureka,” “Durian, Durian” and “Platform,” are also showing in the fest’s 28-title A Window on Asian Cinema section.
Though this year neither the opening nor closing pics — India’s “The Wrestlers” and Hong Kong’s “In the Mood for Love,” respectively — is Korean, the local cinema industry, currently on a roll both domestically and in international profile, is well repped in the fest’s various sections. New films by names like Im Sang-soo (“Tears”), Park Chul-soo (“Bongja”), Yeo Kyun-dong (“La Belle”), Kim Ki-dyk (“Real Fiction”) and Park Ki-hyung (“Secret Tears”) top the list of almost 20 new Korean features.
As well as a World Cinema section of over 60 titles, PIFF is also paying tribute to Iran’s Mahkmalbaf film-making family, previous versions of Cannes competitor “Chunhyang,” and pics from former Soviet Central Asian republics.
Fest will again play host, during its first few days, to the Pusan Promotion Plan industry event, modeled on Rotterdam’s CineMart, with Asian helmers and producers submitting projects for development coin.