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Pusan festival unveils 11th PPP

30 projects included in selection

SEOUL — The Pusan festival unveiled a slimmed-down, more Asian-centric selection for the 11th running of its Pusan Promotion Plan project market.

PPP unveiled 30 projects, down from 35 last year, but still manages a line-up with works-in-progress from many of the region’s top auteurs.

These include Sabu and Yamashita Nobuhiro from Japan, Zhang Yuan, Cai Shangjun and Zhu Wen from China, Chang Tso Chi from Taiwan, Viet Linh Nguyen from Vietnam and Lee Chang-dong and Zhang Lu from Korea.

Subject matter of several of the projects is already lending itself to Asian co-productio. Sabu’s “Arrested Memories” will be produced by Korea’s Fine Cut. Malaysian female director Yasmin Ahmad will work with a Japanese shingle Wa Entertainment, while Taiwanese Ho Wi Ding will team up with a Philippine shingle. Chinese helmer Shu Haolun is attending PPP with a French producer.

Former culture minister and leading Korean helmer Lee Chang-dong will participate as a producer and a co-script writer of “A Brand New Life”(working title), a film by a new French director Ounie Lecomte, as well as his own untitled project. The film will be produced by Korea’s Now Film and France’s Gloria Films.

The selections also include only two projects from outside Asia, “Crawling at Night” from the U.S. and “Stranger” from U.K., though both have Asian connections.

PPP 2008 also is also including five Korean projects including co-productions. Notable young helmers Jung Bum-shik (“Epitaph”) and Choi Dong-hoon (“Tazza”) will pitch their new films. PPP is also showcasing a Korean feature animation project for the first time in its history, by helmer Oh Sung-yoon, “YIPSAK-A Chicken Wild,” and produced by MK Pictures.

Organizers say they whittled down the 30 projects from more than 200 submissions. The event will run October 3-6.

“Arrested Memories” (Korea, Japan) dir. SABU
“Black and White Photos” (China, France) dir. Shu Haolun
“A Brand New Life” (working title) (Korea, France) dir. Ounie Lecomte
“The Bride” (Iran) dir. Mona Zandi
“The Bright Way” (Kazakhstan) dir. Marat Sarulu
“Crawling at Night” (U.S.A) dir. Kimi Takesue
“Devil’s Rock” (Georgia) dir. Rusudan Chkonia
“Eugenia” (Korea) dir. Jung Bum-shik
“Executioner Garden” (China) dir. Zhang Yuan
“A Father” (Korea) dir. Zhang Lu
“Forget-me-not” (Japan, Malaysia) dir. Yasmin Ahmad
“How are you, Dad?” (Taiwan) dir. Chang Tso Chi
“I am Dan Ba” (Vietnam) dir. Viet Linh Nguyen
“Jeon Woo Chi” (working title) (Korea) dir. Choi Dong-hoon
“Leaving the Peninsula behind” (Japan) dir. Lee Sang-il
“A Long Afternoon Nap” (China) dir. Chen Tao
“The Lullabies” (Iran) dir. Manijeh Hekmat
“My Back Page” (Japan) dir. Yamashita Nobuhiro)
“Our Grand Despair” (Turkey) dir. Seyfi Teoman
“Pinoy Sunday” (Philippines, Taiwan) dir. Ho Wi Ding
“Quari” (Korea), dir. Cho Eunhee
“Running across Beijing” (China) dir. Cai Shangjun
“Sacred Warriors” (Taiwan) dir. Chou Zero
“Sandcastle” (Singapore) dir. Boo Jun Feng
“Snow” (Thailand) dir. Kongdej Jaturanrasmee
“Stranger” (U.K.) dir. Simon Rumley
“The Sunrise” (India) dir. Partho Sen-Gupta
“Two Dragglers” (China) dir. Zhu Wen
“YIPSAK-A Chicken Wild” (Korea) dir. Oh Sung-yoon
“LEE Chang-dong Project” (Korea) dir. Lee Chang-dong

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