Busan Film Festival Cancels Pre Opening Event as Typhoon Hits City

The Busan International Film Festival, South Korea’s largest film festival, has canceled its pre opening event, due to typhoon Mitag.

“We inform that the opening eve event that was set to take place Wednesday (Oct. 2), 6 p.m., has been canceled, as an advanced special typhoon statement has been issued due to the effect of typhoon Mitag,” the festival office said in an e-mailed statement. “We, therefore, for the safety of our audiences and guests, inform that we have decided to cancel the event.”

According to local weather forecasters, the typhoon is likely to land on the southwestern coast of the Korean Peninsula around midnight Wednesday night.

The Busan festival’s opening ceremony, scheduled for Thursday evening, is expected to go ahead. Last year, because of typhoon Kong-Rey, the fest had to cancel or relocate some of its outdoor events and guests’ stage greetings.

This year’s film lineup features two Venice selections, Hirokazu Kore-eda’s “The Truth” and David Michod’s “The King,” as gala presentations. Other gala presentations include Wayne Wang’s U.S.-Korea co-production “Coming Home Again” and Robert Guediguian’s “Gloria Mundi.” Busan also confirmed that American actor Timothee Chalamet will visit the festival for his Netflix film “The King.”

Also joining the festival this year is a new Icon section, which will showcase master filmmakers’ works regardless of their origins. The new section includes Iranian director Mohsen Makhmalbaf’s world premiere of “Marghe and Her Mother” and several selections from Cannes.

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