‘Traces’ of 9/11

Opener already in remake mode

PUSAN — Although he admitted that fest opener “Traces of Love” is heading back into post-production, film’s producer Ahn Dong-kyu already has big plans for an English-language remake.

Meller begins with the dramatic real-life collapse of a department store and goes on to track the human reactions and relations that follow as a consequence.

Ahn wants to revisit the consequences that follow disaster in an American context, taking with its starting point the 9/11 terror attacks on New York.

“We already have a version of the script translated into English and will be looking for the appropriate elements for a film set in the U.S.,” Ahn, CEO of production shingle Ahn’s World, said Thursday after the “Traces” press conference. “I should really like to produce this myself, but will be interested to field the different responses we get in Pusan.”

“Traces” helmer Kim Dae-seung said that the version screened as the fest opener was a work in progress and that sound and post-production work will continue ahead of the Oct. 26 theatrical release in Korea.

Press conference lurched from the hilarious — when the projection box interrupted affairs by playing an audio track from the next screening — to the mundane, to the highly emotional. Lead actor Yu Ji-tae clearly spoke from the heart when he described negative public reactions to his appeal a year ago for the erection of a memorial to those killed in 1995 when the Sampoong Department Store collapsed.

“I could not understand the reactions of people who were happy building an expensive department block on the site. I tried to direct some of that anger into my performance,” he said.

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