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.

Popular on Variety

More Film

  • Thomasin McKenzie and Essie Davis

    Thomasin McKenzie and Essie Davis to Star in 'Justice of Bunny King'

    Essie Davis, star of “The Babadook” and autumn festival hit “Babyteeth,” and “Jojo Rabbit” co-star Thomasin McKenzie will headline upcoming drama “The Justice of Bunny King.” The film, now shooting in New Zealand, is a triumph over adversity tale about women fighting their way back from the bottom of society. It is the debut feature [...]

  • Calm With Horses

    Nick Rowland Talks About Toronto Debut Film 'Calm With Horses'

    “Calm with Horses,” which made its world premiere in Toronto’s TIFF in the Discovery section, is the feature directorial debut of Nick Rowland (Amazon series “Ripper Street”), and stars Barry Keoghan (Marvel’s upcoming “The Eternals,” “Dunkirk”), Cosmo Jarvis (“Annihilation”), and Niamh Algar (BBC’s “The Virtues”). The script, which was adapted from Colin Barrett’s short story [...]

  • Colin Trevorrow Directs Jurassic World Short

    Colin Trevorrow Returns to Jurassic World in Short Film 'Battle at Big Rock'

    Dinosaurs are roaming the Earth again. In a new short from “Jurassic World” director Colin Trevorrow, rogue beasts wreak havoc on a family camping trip. The eight-and-a-half minute film, titled “Battle at Big Rock,” takes place a year after the events of “Jurassic World Fallen Kingdom.” The 2018 blockbuster — starring Chris Pratt and Bryce [...]

  • Bert Kreischer The Machine

    Legendary Lands Rights to Bert Kreischer’s Viral Story 'The Machine' (EXCLUSIVE)

    Legendary has optioned the rights to develop comedian Bert Kreischer’s story “The Machine” into a feature film following its viral success, sources tell Variety. The video has generated more than 85 million views on Facebook and YouTube since hitting the social media channels in December 2016 and Legendary moved aggressively to land the rights. Kreischer [...]

  • Margot Robbie poses at the launch

    Margot Robbie in Talks to Executive Produce, Star in Comedy 'Fools Day'

    Margot Robbie is in negotiations to executive produce and star as a fourth-grade teacher in New Line’s comedy “Fools Day.” New Line has acquired Cody Blue Snider’s short film of the same name to adapt into the feature project. Snider, who co-wrote and directed the short, will direct the full-length feature from a script he [...]

  • M Night Shyamalan'Glass' film premiere, Arrivals,

    M. Night Shyamalan Sets Two New Films at Universal

    M. Night Shyamalan will write and direct two new movies at Universal Pictures, the studio announced Monday. The currently untitled thrillers will be released in theaters on Feb. 26, 2021 and Feb. 17, 2023, respectively. “M. Night Shyamalan continues to create exciting, highly original stories that keep global audiences on the edge of their seats,” [...]

  • La Llorona

    Venice Film Review: 'La Llorona'

    Guatamalan writer-director Jayro Bustamante had a dream debut with “Ixcanul” in 2015: The richly textured folk drama premiered in Competition at Berlin and won him the Alfred Bauer Prize, before going on to healthy international arthouse exposure. So it’s surprising that Bustamante’s subsequent work, while amply delivering on his first feature’s promise, has been comparatively [...]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content