Film fest will screen 205 fantasy and genre films

SEOUL — The Puchon Intl. Fantastic Film Festival (PiFan) will kick off July 18 with “Waltz With Bashir,” the documentary animation by Israeli helmer Ari Folman, which appeared in competition in Cannes last month.

Organizers said Tuesday that fest will screen 205 movies from 39 countries and wrap July 27 with sci-fi romance “Cyborg She.” Pic is a Korea-Japan co-production directed by “My Sassy Girl” helmer Kwak Jae-yong.

Fest, held in the city of Bucheon, is Asia’s top fantasy and genre meet.

Its main program, Puchon Choice, counts 12 titles including Na Hong-jin’s “The Chaser” and “Blair Witch Project” helmer Daniel Myrick’s “The Objective” among others.

The program will also include preem of  “Death Bell,” a high-school horror pic starring Lee Beom-soo helmed by Korean first timer Chang. PiFan will showcase 30 films in its World Fantastic Cinema section and is also launching two new sections.

Strange Homage will show six films by film masters including Kim Ki-young’s “The Housemaid” and Tom Kalin’s “Savage Grace.” The Off the Fantastic section will provide off-beat selections of 20 films.

Special programs include Fanta Masters: Gregg Araki, The Grindhouse Revisited, The Rebellious: Asian Action Special and 100 Years of Nikkatsu among others.

As previously announced, PiFan is also bowing a new industry program called NAFF (Network of Asian Fantastic Films.) This offers a film project market and an industry showcase of genre cinema.

Puchon Choice lineup at 12th PiFan.

“Acolytes” Jon Hewitt (Australia)

“The Chaser” Na Hong-jin (Korea)

“Fear(s) of the Dark” Various directors (France)

“Let the Right One In” Tomas Alfredson (Sweden)

“Mirageman” Martin Weisz (Germany)

“Nothing to Lose” Pieter Kuijpers (U.K.)

“The Objective” Daniel Myrick (Morocco/US)

“Opapatika” Thanakorn Pongsuwan (Thailand)

“Rule Number One” Kelvin Tong (Hong Kong/Singapore)

“Timecrimes” Nacho Vigalondo (Spain)

“When The Full Moon Rises” Mohamad Mohd Khalid (Malaysia)

“Death Bell” Chang (Korea)

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