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Bucheon Fantasy Festival Unveils Huge Anniversary Line-up

The Bucheon International Fantastic Film Festival, Asia’s largest genre film festival, announced a huge 302 title lineup for its 20th edition.

American actor-director Matt Ross’s Cannes prize-winning family drama “Captain Fantastic” will open the festival on Jul. 21. Closing the festival will be Yeon Sang-ho’s latest animated feature “Seoul Station,” a prequel to Yeon’s Cannes live action film “Train to Busan.”

In celebration of the 130th anniversary of Korea-France bilateral relations, the festival will dedicate a showcase to French company Gaumont. Other special programs include a David Bowie tribute, and a Nakashima Tetsuya retrospective.

BiFan will also take a look back on its own past twenty years through a program titled “20 Years, 20 Favorites.” The section features earlier works of major film makers including Darren Aronofsky’s “Requiem for a Dream,” Christopher Nolan’s “Memento,” and Na Hong-jin’s “The Chaser.”

The festival’s industry program, BiFan Industry Gathering, will feature its signature project market Network of Asian Fantastic Films, as well as two new sections “Korea Now” and “Made in Asia.” NAFF recently announced its line-up and included a spotlight on five Malaysian projects. Newly launched, Korea Now is intended to further boost the rise of the Korean film industry, which the festival styles as “K-Movie syndrome.” Other objectives are to trigger a discussion on freedom of expression and to accelerate Korea-China co-production.

“Genre films that were considered B-movies have since become mainstream in Korea. We are interested in reflecting that trend, and (reflecting) what is taking place in neighboring Asian countries,” said Jay Kim, general manager of the festival.

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