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Busan’s Asian Project Market Draws Top Names

Indie financing event attracts Makhmalbaf, Kawase, Wayne Wang, Kim Jee-woon

HONG KONG — Wayne Wang, Naomi Kawase and Mohsen Makhmalbaf are among the cream of Asia’s film makers who will line up for the Asian Project Market (Oct 7-10), the arthouse film financing event that takes place during October’s Busan Intl. Film Festival.

Other major names set to present projects in need of finance, sales or distribution partners include South Korea’s Kim Jee-woon (“The Last Stand”), Indonesian arthouse favorite Garin Nugruho and Bangladesh’s Mostofa Sarwar Farooki, whose satire “Television” was the closing film of last year’s Busan festival.

Kim’s APM project is a live-action adaptation of Mamoru Oshii’s sci-fi animation “Jin Roh: The Wolf Boy.” Also from South Korea, Yeon Sangho, who made a splash with his debut film, the adult animation “The King of Pigs,” will this time pitch another animation feature “Seoul Station.”

Organizers of the APM, previously called the Pusan Promotion Plan, say that the past successes of event are attracting project submissions from ever further afield. It notes that Bong Joon-ho’s “The Snowpiercer,” which has now clocked up 8.1 million admissions and $50.8 million at the Korean box office, was a 2009 funding candidate.

Even before they add new partners and finance, several of the 30 projects already appear to be structured as multi-national co-ventures. They include Susan Youssef’s Qatar-U.S.-Netherlands project “Marjoun and the Flying Headscarf,” the Japan-South Korea set “Thousand Weeds” by Ounie Lecomte (2009’s “A Brand New Life”) and India-Lithuanian co-venture “When Mirza Comes Back,” by K.M. Kamal. Wang’s “While the Women Are Sleeping” is set up as a Japan-U.S. co-production, while Makhmalbaf’s “The President” carries Iranian-Georgian dual nationality. (Makhmalbaf is pictured with son Maysam on the set of “The Gardener.”)

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The APM selection also includes a rare English-language remake of Korean film “End of Animal,” to be directed by Eron Sheean, which has already received partial funding from Screen Australia.

The Busan festival runs Oct 3-12.

APM 2013 Official Selections
”Ant Story” (Bangladesh) dir: Mostofa Sarwar FAROOKI
”Back to the North” (China) dir: LIU Hao
”Children of the Sun” (Sri Lanka) dir: Prasanna VITHANAGE
”Dawn” (Latvia / Estonia) dir: Laila PAKALNINA
”Ember” (Turkey) dir: Zeki DEMIRKUBUZ
”End of Animal” (Australia) dir: Eron SHEEAN
”Exotic Pictures” (Indonesia / Netherlands /Germany) dir: Edwin
”The Fireflies” (Thailand) dir: TongpongCHANTARANGKUL
”Gyeongju” (South Korea) dir: ZHANG Lu
“Have a Nice Trip!” (South Korea / China) dir: LEE Seo
”Island News” (Japan / Iran) dir: Yuichi TAZAWA
”Jannat” (South Korea / U.A.E. / Canada) dir: Maryam NAJAFI
”Jin Roh: The Wolf Brigade” (South Korea) dir: KIM Jee-woon
”The Kochebi” (South Korea) dir: YOO Ji-tae
”Marjoun and the Flying Headscarf” (Qatar / U.S. / Netherlands) dir: Susan YOUSSEF
”Monkey’s Mask” (Indonesia) dir: Garin NUGROHO
”OTS Virus Project” (South Korea) dir: KANG Yikwan
”P – 048” (Thailand) dir: Kongdej JATURANRASMEE
”The President” (Iran / Georgia) dir: Mohsen MAKHMALBAF
”Samuel over the Rainbow” (The Philippines) dir: Benito BAUTISTA
”The Sea of Recalls the Soul after Death” (South Korea) dir: O Muel
”Seoul Station” (South Korea) dir: YEON Sangho
“Sex Appeal” (Taiwan / Hong Kong) dir: WANG Wei-ming
“Subtraction” (Iran) dir: Mani HAGHIGHI
“Sweet Red Bean Paste” (Japan) dir: Naomi KAWASE
“Thousand Weeds” (South Korea / Japan) dir: Ounie LECOMTE
“When Mirza Comes Back” (India / Lithuania) dir: Kamal K.M.
“While the Women Are Sleeping” (Japan / U.S.) dir: Wayne WANG
“The Window” (Iraq / U.K. / UAE) dir: Koutaiba Al-JANABI
“The Wounded Angel” (Kazakhstan) dir: Emir BAIGAZIN

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