Busan’s Asian Project Market Unveils Co-Production Friendly Lineup

Brillante Mendoza
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SEOUL – Top-flight international directors including Brillante Mendoza (“Kinatay”), Bangladesh’s Mostofa Sarwar Farooki (“Television”), Thailand’s Pen-Ek Ratanaruang (“Invisible Waves”) and Cannes laureate Vimukthi Jayasundara (“The Forsaken Land”) of Sri Lanka will seek funding for their new films at the Asian Project Market.

They were among the 30 selected by the project market wing of South Korea’s Busan Intl. Film Festival.

Market organizers said the world is increasingly looking to Asia for co-productions. “Over 70% of the final section are co-productions. Boundaries are becoming increasingly blurred,” said Susan Chae, a selection committee member.

High-profile producers accompanying projects by less well-known directors also make up a significant portion of the market line-up. They include India’s Guneet Monga (“The Lunch Box”), Marianne Slot (“Antichrist,” “Melancholia”), Palestine’s Hany Abu-Assad and Paris-based Behrooz Hashemian (“Waiting for the Clouds”).

Korean projects include new efforts from Shin Suwon (“Circle Line,” “Pluto”), Yeon Sang-Ho (“The King of Pigs”) and July Jung (“A Girl at My Door”). Roh Gyeong-tae, winner of 2008 New Currents Award at Busan, will present “Unexchangeable.”

The Asian Project Market is headed by Jay Jeon and runs Oct. 6-8.

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