Pusan to promote 19 feature pic projects

Helmers from 11 Asian countries repped

LONDON — Projects by noted Asian helmers including South Korea’s Kim Ki-duk and Lee Chang-dong, Taiwan’s Lin Cheng-sheng, Thailand’s Danny Pang and Pen-ek Ratanarueng, the Philippines’ Raymond Red, and Japanese veteran Shohei Imamura are among the 19 selected by this year’s Pusan Promotion Plan to compete for development and production coin.

Now in its fourth year, PPP is an Asian version of the Rotterdam Festival’s CineMart. In all, 11 countries are repped, from Tajikistan to China.

Over 200 projects were submitted to the organizers of this year’s PPP, skedded for Nov. 12-14 and again a part of the Pusan Intl. Film Festival (Nov. 9-17). Both events have been moved a month later this year, partly to avoid the annual clash with Mifed.

“Bow,” the project by Kim (“The Isle”), is a love story between a 16 year-old girl and a 60 year-old man on a desert island. Chang’s “Oasis,” also an offbeat love story, is his first pic since the award-winning “Peppermint Candy.”

Lin, who won the best director award at the 2001 Berlin fest for “Betelnut Beauty,” is submitting “The Moon Also Rises,” drama of a mother who sets out to destroy her daughter’s romance.

Project of the double Cannes Palme d’Or winning Imamura, 75, is “Shinjuku Cherry Blossom Fantasy,” set among hookers and teenage boys in Tokyo’s red-light district during World War II.

A separate lineup of projects, New Directors in Focus, groups eight South Korean directors pitching their first films. The four awards in this new section total $30,000.

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