Indian drama “Zubaan,” directed by Mozez Singh, will open the 20th edition of the Busan International Film Festival.
Chinese film, “Mountain Cry” directed by Larry Yang will close the festival, which runs Oct. 1-10.
“’Zubaan’ is a film that is able to highlight the past twenty years of BIFF as a festival that has discovered a number of new Asian directors and helped lift them to world class,” said festival co-director Lee Yong-kwan at a press conference in Busan on Tuesday. “’Zubaan’ also demonstrates the current transition and the future of Indian cinema that the world has recently begun paying attention to.
“Mountain Cry,” adapted from Ge Shuiping’s award-winning novel of the same title, is a joint venture production by Village Roadshow Pictures Asia and Beijing Hairun Pictures.
In total the festival will include 304 films from 75 countries, including 94 world premieres and 27 international premieres.
The festival’s six title Gala Presentation section includes three films which debuted in Cannes Jia Zhangke’s “Mountains May Depart,” “Our Little Sister” by Japan’s Kore-eda Hirokazu, and this year’s Cannes best director Hou Hsiao-hsien’s “The Assassin.”
Three other galas go to Italian director Luca Guadagnino’s Venice competition title “A Bigger Splash,” Claude Lelouch’s comedy drama “Un Plus Une,” and “Color of Asia-Masters” an omnibus presented by the festival and Chinese video platform Youku. It is directed by Asian filmmakers including Korea’s Im Sang-soo, Japan’s Kawase Naomi, China’s Wang Xiaoshuai and Thailand’s Apichatpong Weerasethakul.
The New Currents competition section will highlight 8 titles from 10 countries. As previously announced, the jury is headed by Taiwanese actress, director and screenwriter Sylvia Chang.
The BIFF’s annual Korean cinema Award will be given to Berlinale Panorama curator Wieland Speck, for his contribution to introducing Korean cinema worldwide.
Commemorating the 130th anniversary of the diplomatic relations between Korea and France, the festival also a special program focusing on French cinema. The ten French selections include Claude Lelouch’s 1966 film “A Man and a Woman” and Jacques Audiard’s 2009 release “A Prophet.”
“[BIFF] is like the holy land where the past, present and future of Asian cinema meet,” said Kang Soo-youn, who joined the festival’s organizing committee in July.