Big Names Line Up For Busan Project Market

Leading Asian auteurs including Hana Makhmalbaf, Yu Likwai and India’s Kanu Behl will this year take up places at the Asian Project Market, part of the Busan film festival.

The market this year gives a platform for 30 film projects from 15 territories to find finance, co-production partners or sales and distribution support.

Makhmalbaf’s project “London Stories” is presented as originating from the U.K. where Hana’s brother Maysam is credited as producing. The Makhmalbaf family and their Makhmalbaf Film House company have been largely based in London since the presidency of Mahmoud Ahmedinejad in their native Iran in 2005. Mohsen Makhmalbaf last year presented his “The President” at Busan and gave the keynote speech at the academic BIFF Forum.

Behl, director of last year’s Indian breakout “Titli” presents and Indian-French co-production “Agra.” Yu Likwai, also known as Nelson Yu, and one of Asia’s top cinematographers, will present “A Mean To An End.”

Other standout international talent includes The Philippines’ Adolfo Alix Jr. with “Acetylene Love,” Indonesia’s Mouly Surya with “Marlina The Murder In Four Acts,” and Indonesia’s Eddie Cahyono with “The Wasted Land”.

Korean projects have a strong presence at this year’s APM. “Breathless” director Yang Ik-june will present “Gabsooni & Soo-ah”; “Set Me Free” director Kim Tae-yong will present “Brother” and “Night Flight” director Leesong Hee-il will pitch “Swallow”.

The APM will run for 3 days starting Sunday, Oct. 4 to Tuesday, Oct. 6 at the BEXCO Exhibition Center. The Busan International Film Festival runs Oct. 1-

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