×
You will be redirected back to your article in seconds

Dark Arc For European Films at Busan Festival

Collapsing Worlds Take Focus

This year’s Busan Intl. Film Festival (BIFF) marks the 18th year of European Film Promotion (EFP) support, this time with a lineup centering on “stories about collapsing worlds (with) a false sense of security; or people on the edge of society, their fears and the power of hope,” says EFP’s Busan project director Andreas Struck.

Struck goes on to describe it as “an arc to encompass the many European films at this year’s festival. It was hard to find one overarching theme, but these are constant ones among the current trends and new patterns, especially with Eastern European works.”

SEE ALSO: Busan Festival: Competition Stretches From ‘Sex Appeal’ to ‘Sunrise’

Among the European films touching this theme is “Inferno,” a sociopolitical drama helmed by Vinko Moderndorfer, with Slovenian thesp Marko Mandic. One of EFP’s 2007 Shooting Stars, Mandic plays a laid-off worker fighting against the unseen authority in the capital.

Ognjen Svilicic’s Franco-Croation co-production “These Are the Rules” has a couple questioning everything they had believed in after their son is violently attacked.

A pair of films dealing with “isolation and estrangement; very universal themes,” according to Struck, are “X+Y” (Morgan Matthews), which follows an academically gifted teenager as he journeys from the U.K. to Taipei where he has to deal with the most irrational force in the universe, love; and “Kafka’s The Burrow,” from Jochen Freydank.

Joshua Oppenheimer, who directed 2012’s much acclaimed “The Act of Killing,” will discuss his latest documentary, “The Look of Silence.” Struck calls the Venice Festival hit “merciless in its look at murderous thinking and how inhuman people can be.”

A dress worn by the lead character of the Japanese series “Magical Girl Yukiko” becomes a life-changing dream in the hands of Spanish helmer Carlos Vermut.

Irish director Ivan Kavanagh makes another visit to Busan with his psychological horror-thriller “The Canal,” which also screened at this year’s Germany Fantasy Film Festival.

Bruno Deville’s Swiss-Belgian film “Chubby” depicts Kevin, aged 12, weighing in at 200 lbs and chowing down the fries and doughnuts until he changes — just not quite in the way you would imagine.

More Film

  • Bill Murray

    Bill Murray to Receive Lifetime Achievement Award From Wes Anderson at Rome Festival

    The Rome Film Festival will celebrate Bill Murray with its lifetime achievement award, which will be presented to him by Wes Anderson. Anderson, who has directed Murray in some of his most iconic roles, most notably in “The Royal Tenenbaums,” and in several other films such as “The Darjeeling Limited,” “Moonrise Kingdom” and “Grand Budapest [...]

  • CLOSE QUARTERS – In Disney and

    'Toy Story 4': 5 Takeaways From Opening Weekend

    Despite arriving below expectations, “Toy Story 4” did huge business this weekend with ticket sales surpassing $118 million in North America. As sequels hailing from beloved franchises continue to flounder at the box office, Disney and Pixar’s cartooned fourquel is a much-needed win for the movie business. It now ranks among the top debuts for [...]

  • Prince Death

    Prince’s ‘Batman' at 30: How the Film Saved His Career From ‘Horrible’ Financial Straits

    As the movie that ushered in both the modern-day superhero genre and a new peak in the art of saturation marketing, Tim Burton’s “Batman” has a legacy that’s hard to overstate. Virtually everything associated with the 1989 comic-book adaptation became a cultural phenomenon, from Burton’s mischievous, mainstream-goth aesthetic to the meta-narrative of the film’s record-breaking [...]

  • Lucrecia MartelVenice Film Festival 2017, Italy

    Argentina's Lucrecia Martel Named Venice Jury President

    Argentinian director Lucrecia Martel has been named the president of the jury at this year’s Venice Film Festival, the event’s 76th edition. Venice chief Alberto Barbera praised Martel as “Latin America’s most important female director and one of the top female directors worldwide,” adding that she had achieved this status with just “four feature films [...]

  • NEW TOY? – Everyone’s favorite pull-string

    China Box Office: 'Toy Story 4' Beaten by Old Animated Film 'Spirited Away'

    Disney and Pixar’s “Toy Story 4” has debuted to record-breaking opening weekends all over the world – but not in China, where it was soundly beaten by a nearly 20-year-old Japanese anime classic, Ghibli Studios’ “Spirited Away.” While “Toy Story 4” made film history in territories around the world with the largest-ever three-day opening for [...]

  • The Wolf Hour

    Shanghai Film Review: 'The Wolf Hour'

    Run a finger along any of the surfaces in Alistair Banks Griffin’s sophomore feature “The Wolf Hour,” and it will come up slicked with sweat, grime and the residual soot of the city. It is the summer of 1977,  and it’s hotter than hell. June Leigh (Naomi Watts) perches on the window sill of the [...]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content