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  • 2015.10

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    [2015 BIFF Press Release] Soprano Sumi JO to Perform at the Opening Ceremony

    Soprano Sumi JO to Perform at the Opening Ceremony   In celebration of the 20th Busan International Film Festival, world-renowned soprano Sumi Jo will perform at the Opening Ceremony on October 1. The traditional Korean music (gugak) orchestra and dance company from the Busan National Gugak Center will join her on stage for this memorable event.   Korean soprano Sumi Jo is recognized internationally for her performances. She will visit the Busan International Film Festival along with master directors and cineastes from around the world. The Busan National Gugak Center (a branch of the Ministry of Culture, Sports, and Tourism) will accompany Jo to  introduce Korean traditional performing arts to global audiences as  representative of the culture city of Busan. It will provide an opportunity to showcase the collaboration of gugak and vocal music at the festival.  

  • 2015.09

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    [2015 BIFF Press Release] Individual Interview Application Guide (Updated list)l

    The 20th Busan International Film Festival Individual Interview Application Guide     The 20th Busan International Film Festival announces guests available for individual interviews during the festival (Oct 1-10).   The Busan International Film Festival individual interview coordination service arranges interviews between foreign guests, directors and jurors from A Window on Asian Cinema / New Currents / Korean Cinema Today / World Cinema / Flash Forward / Wide Angle / APM / AFA and members of the press during the festival. Reporters, who wish to arrange interviews with guests should refer to the guests’ schedule in Busan, fill out the application form and email it to interview@biff.kr.   Individual Interview Dates Oct 2 (Fri) – Oct 9 (Fri), 2015 ※ 8 days excluding Opening / Closing days   Individual Interview Application Period Sep 22 (Tue) – Sep 26 (Sat), 2015   How to Apply Apply to interview@biff.kr with application form attached.   1. Who to interview Who to Interview Who Not to Interview ü  Foreign Guest, jurors, awardees from the following events- ü  Korean Cinema Award, The Asian Filmmaker of the Year, Asian Film Market, Asian Film Academy ü  Excluding the ones of the Best Actors & Actresses of the Year Award ü  Foreign Guest, jurors, awardees from the following events- ü  Opening / Closing Ceremony, Gala Presentation ü  Korean Cinema Guests ü  (However Korean guests & jurors from New Currents section) ※ There will be NO individual interviews for guests who have ongoing promotions with Korean production/distribution/public relations companies during the festival period. 2. Interview type A press roundtable or closed press conference may be arranged in place of individual interviews for guests besieged by interview requests or tight schedules.   3. Interview Coordination ■ Interviews with guests must be arranged through the Busan International Film Festival Public Relations team. Interviews arranged through the Public Relations team have priority over interviews arranged individually. ■ Interview schedule is subject to change or cancellation depending on the changes of the guest’s schedule. Interview arrangements on the day of the guest’s arrival/departure date can be difficult. ■ Interviews may not be available according to the guest’s schedule. 4. Interview Schedule Arrangement ■ Interview requests will be arranged depending on the guests’ official schedule. However, interview schedules cannot be confirmed in advance as the final confirmation will be made via phone or a meeting with the guest after arrival in Korea. Final confirmation of interview schedules and location will be notified individually to each interviewer. 5. Interview Procedure ■ Each individual interview is limited to 40 minutes (including photo shoot) or shorter depending on the guest.   Busan International Film Festival Individual Interview Coordinators Busan International Film Festival http://www.biff.kr Email: interview@biff.kr Yeon-jung KIM: +82-51-709-2194 Yezina HONG: +82-51-709-2193   The 20th Busan International Film Festival will be held from Oct 1, 2015 to Oct 10, 2015. Asian Film Market will be held from Oct 3, 2015 to Oct 6, 2015.  Asian Project Market will be held from Oct 4, 2015 to Oct 6, 2015

  • 2015.09

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    Screening information updates on the ticket catalog(7th Oct)

    2015 제20회 부산국제영화제 티켓 카탈로그 상영정보 변경안내Screening information updates on the ticket catalog of the 20th Busan Int’l Film Festival ※ 티켓 카탈로그 인쇄일인 9월 4일 이후 상영 변동 사항을 아래와 같이 안내합니다. (9월 23일 이후에 변동된 사항은 볼드체로, 10월 1일 이후는 붉은 볼드체로 표기했습니다.)※ Please refer to the updates since the ticket catalog was printed on September 4th. (Updates from September 23th is in Bold style, while updates from October 1st are Red Bold.(코드, 일자, 시각, 상영관, 한글제목, 영문제목)(code, mm-dd, hh:mm, venue, Korean title, English title)※ On the page 121 of the ticket catalog, BIFF FORUM’s Session6 takes place on 9 October.○ 상영 취소 Screenings cancelled 034, 10-02, 20:30, C5, 아메리칸 히어로, American Hero  388, 10-05, 16:30, C4, 로메르를 찾아서, Looking for Rohmer606, 10-07, 11:00, C5, 아메리칸 히어로, American Hero 596, 10-07, 16:00, C2, 로메르를 찾아서, Looking for Rohmer722, 10-08, 19:00, C4, 아메리칸 히어로, American Hero 843, 10-09, 14:00, C7, 로메르를 찾아서, Looking for Rohmer809, 10-09, 16:00, BH,  야공작, Night Peacock921, 10-10, 12:00, B1, 야공작, Night Peacock953, 10-05, 20:00, C7, 아시아 영화의 힘 -필리핀,  The Power of Asian Cinema - Philippines  (※ 아시아 영화의 힘 - 카자흐스탄 상영, The Power of Asian Cinema - Kazakhstan will be screened)○ 상영 추가 Additional  Screenings970, 10-05, 16:30, C4, 무스탕, Mustang956, 10-06, 20:00, M6, 오후, Afternoon○ 상영관 변경 Changed Venue148, 10-03, 20:00, B3, 장군의 수염, The General’s Mustache, B3→B1○ 상영관 및 상영시간 변경 Changed Time & Venue142, 10-03, 19:00, B1, 비정성시, A City of Sadness, B1/19:00→B3/19:30○ GV 취소 Cancelled Guest Visits716, 10-08, 13:00, C3, 단편 쇼케이스 2, Short Film Showcase 2013, 10-02, 18:30, B2, 7인의 사무라이, Seven Samurai 282, 10-04, 11:00,  C7, 마이 랜드, My Land124, 10-02, 13:30, MBT7, 파리의 한국남자, A Korean in Paris247,10-04,20:00, BT, 몬스터 헌트, Monster Hunt407, 10-05, 13:00, L3, 가늘고 노란 선, Thin Yellow Line475, 10-06, 19:00, B3, 만선, Full Ship586, 10-07, 20:00, B2, 만선, Full Ship○ GV 추가 Additional Guest Visits017, 10-02, 19:30, B3, 하녀 The Housemaid011, 10-02, 20:00, B1, 유스, Youth105, 10-02, 20:00, M7, 단편 쇼케이스 2 - 국경의 아이들, Life on the Border143, 10-03, 13:00, B2, 고령가 소년 살인사건, A Brighter Summer Day 186, 10-03, 13:30, L5, 따뜻한 말들, The Kind Words278, 10-04, 10:00, C6, 프렌지, Frenzy252, 10-04, 11:00, B1, 미치도록 사랑받으소서, Looking for Her 255, 10-04, 13:00, B2, 작은 마을의 봄, Spring in a Small Town 343, 10-04, 16:30, SH, 따뜻한 말들, The Kind Words328, 10-04, 19:00, M6, 나라없는 국기, A Flag without a Country386, 10-05, 10:00, C4, 프렌지, Frenzy394, 10-05, 10:00, C6, 블랑카, Blanka389, 10-05, 19:30, C4, 큰 아버지 작은 아버지 그리고 또 다른 이야기들, Big Father, Small Father and Other Stories508, 10-06, 10:00, L3, 안나의 눈물, Anna570, 10-06, 10:00, SH, 시네키즈 - 부니 베어스: 신비한 겨울 여행, Boonie Bears: A Mystical Winter509 ,10-06, 13:00, L3, 지하의 향기, Underground Fragrance  548, 10-06, 13:30, M4, 유배, The Exile524, 10-06, 14:00, L7, 베를린장벽이여 안녕, Farewell, Berlin Wall549, 10-06, 16:30, M4, 변절자, The Apostate 956, 10-06, 20:00, M6, 오후, Afternoon630, 10-07, 10:00, L4, 파라솔, Parasol603, 10-07, 13:00, C4, 바다와 나는 물고기, The Sea and the Flying Fish635, 10-07, 14:00, L5, 베를린장벽이여 안녕, Farewell, Berlin Wall665, 10-07, 16:30, M4, 세 가지 사랑 이야기,Three Stories of Love  581, 10-07, 17:00, B1, 블랑카,Blanka670, 10-07, 19:30, MM, 크리샤, Krisha752, 10- 08, 14:00, L5, 가늘고 노란 선, The Thin Yellow Line705, 10-08, 16:30, B3, 단편 쇼케이스 3, Short Film Showcase 3706, 10-08, 19:30, B3, 나의 청춘 마리안느, Marianne of My Youth 761, 10-08, 20:00, L7 , 변절자, The Apostate738, 10-08, 20:30, CS, 제일버드, Jailbird866, 10-09, 13:30, L6, 파라솔, Parasol 814, 10-09, 17:00, B1, 제일버드, Jailbird  395, 10-05, 13:00, C6, 검은 닭, The Black Hen  815, 10-09, 20:00, B1, 우화의 강, Kothanodi592, 10-07, 17:30, C1, 크리스토퍼 도일의 홍콩삼부작, Hong Kong Trilogy: Preschooled Preoccupied Preposterous○ 5분 이상 러닝타임 변경 Runtime changed more than 5 mins005, 483, 646, 비거 스플래쉬, A Bigger Splash, 120’ → 125’ 025, 355, 라이치 히카리 클럽, Litchi Hikari Club, 110’→115’041, 404, 805,매직 마운틴, The Magic Mountain 95’ → 90’043, 491, 테스, Tess, 186’ → 171’ 046, 584, 733, 샤흐르자드의 천일야화, Shahrzaad's Tale, 120’ →129’049, 699, 851, 마주 보다, Look Love, 146’→154’057, 136, 527, 이야기들에 대한 이야기, Tale of Tales,  125’ → 133’ 122, 173, 691, 덤보,Dumbo, 63’→56’128, 391, 725, 내 마음의 복제, A Copy of My Mind 116’ → 121’ 172, 390, 556, 지평선의 화가 : 게오르그 구드나손, Horizon, 80’ → 85’ 175, 409, 763, 파나마, Panama, 105’ → 97’176, 440, 689, 카파르, Cafard,  86’ → 92’177, 630, 866, 파라솔, Parasol, 80’ → 75’191, 416, 신부 만세!,Long Live the Bride,  85’ → 90’225, 422, 426, 676, 680, 791, 795 미쓰 리의 전쟁, 더 배틀 오브 광주, The Battle of Gwangju, 127’→121’244, 629, 그린 룸,Green Room, 100’ → 95’269, 505, 850, 도시를 떠돌다, Drifting City, 70’→64’276, 500, 739, 시먼딩 이야기,  The Mad King of Taipei, 115’ → 121’293, 762, 비밀스러운 초대, The Invitation, 90’ → 100’385, 498, 713, 폭설, Avalanche, 85’ → 90’950, 아시아 영화의 힘 - 말레이시아 / 인도, The Power of Asian Cinema - Malaysia / India 120’ →104’951, 아시아 영화의 힘 - 일본 / 한국, The Power of Asian Cinema - Japan / Korea 120’ → 105’952, 아시아 영화의 힘 - 이란 / 태국, The Power of Asian Cinema - Iran / Thailand 120’ → 104’953, 아시아 영화의 힘 - 카자흐스탄 / 필리핀, The Power of Asian Cinema - Kazakhstan / Philippines 120’ →104’954, 아시아 영화의 힘 - 대만 / 중국, The Power of Asian Cinema - Taiwan / China 120’ → 104’062, 462, 디판, Dheepan, 109’ → 114’442, 477, 834, 카우보이, Les Cowboys, 114’ → 105’036, 280, 919, 나쁜놈은 반드시 죽는다, Bad Guys Always Die, 110’ → 103’011, 862,  유스, Youth, 118’ → 123’146, 260, 나무들 비탈에 서다,Trees Stand on Slope, 125’→ 109’○ 컬러 → 흑백 Color → B&W070, 10-02, 10:00, L9, 타를로, Tharlo 482, 10-06, 16:00, C3, 타를로, Tharlo 708, 10-08, 14:30, C1, 타를로, Tharlo○ 자막 Subtitle231, 10-03, 19:30, SH, 단편 쇼케이스 1, Short Film Showcase 1, 표시 없음 → KE683, 10-07, 11:00, M9, 경성학교 : 사라진 소녀들, The Silenced, KN →KE 256, 10-04,16:00, B2, 클로즈 업 Close Up, KE → KN472, 10-06, 10:00, B3, 클로즈 업 Close Up, KE → KN○ 상영등급 조정 Change of ratings178, 297, 721,  비바, Viva, 15세 →19세128, 391, 725, 내 마음의 복제, A Copy of My Mind, 15세→ 19세

  • 2015.09

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    [2015 BIFF Press Release] The Housemaid Heroine LEE Eun-sim Attending the 20th Busan International Film Festival

    The Housemaid Heroine LEE Eun-sim Attending the 20th Busan International Film Festival    Actress Lee Eun-sim, the heroine of The Housemaid (directed by Kim Ki-young) will be visiting her homeland for the first time in 33 years and will attend the 20th Busan International Film Festival.  She is expected to attend the stage greeting for The Housemaid selected for the ‘Asian Cinema 100’ and ‘Korean Cinema Retrospective’ which screens The General’s Mustache of the late director Lee Seong-gu (who was also Lee’s husband).  She is looking forward to having a memorable time with audiences.   Actress Lee Eun-sim, well-known for starring in The Housemaid, was born in Nagoya, Japan and made her debut with director Yu Du-yeon’s The Early Spring in 1959. The Housemaid, her second film, gained exponential interest. The role Lee played was relatively unfamiliar and shocking yet her sensational performance won many acclaims. She also starred in many films including In So Long, As Time Passes, Love and Sorrow Will..., and The Modern Grandma. After retirement, she married Lee Seong-gu (director of As Time Passes, Love and Sorrow Will…) and immigrated to Brazil in 1982 with her husband for good. Lee is visiting her homeland of Korea at the invitation from Busan International Film Festival for the first time in 33 years with her daughters.   The Housemaid starring Lee Eun-sim and The General's Mustache of director Lee Seong-gu had the honor of being selected for the Festival’s special program ‘Asian Cinema 100’ and Korean Cinema Retrospective ‘Hidden Masterpieces of the 1960s’ respectively. It will be a special opportunity to meet the legendary actress and shed new light on the past Asian and Korean Cinema.   Lee will meet audiences before the screening of The Housemaid on October 2 and will receive the Director’s Chair award on behalf of director Lee at the Korean Cinema Retrospective Night to be held on the same date. She is also expected to attend the GV for The General’s Mustache and have an in-depth open talk with audiences.  The 20th Busan International Film Festival will be held from Oct 1, 2015 to Oct 10, 2015. Asian Film Market will be held from Oct 3, 2015 to Oct 6, 2015. Asian Project Market will be held from Oct 4, 2015 to Oct 6, 2015

  • 2015.09

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    [2015 BIFF Press Release] Asian Casting Market Events Announced

    This October, Asian Star Actors Visit Busan!Asian Casting Market’s Colorful and Various Events Announced- A Red Carpet Event on Haeundae Cine Road for the General Public- A Tribute to One Asian Actor at ‘Curtain Call’- Rising Star Actors from Korea, China, and Japan Introduced at ‘Casting Board’ and ‘Stars Networking Reception’ The 20th Busan International Film Festival’s Asian Film Market announces the various events of the Asian Casting Market. Asian Casting Market, officially launched this year, will facilitate as a place for business to vitalize co-production endeavors by connecting representative Asian actors with global film industry professionals as well as by introducing rising star actors from Asia that has emerged as the world’s biggest film market. Building on from the ‘Star Summit Asia’ event held in 2006, the foundations for doing global business related to casting of actors were set up with the test run of ‘Asian Casting Forum’, ‘Star Lineup’ and the opening of Asian talent management companies’ sales booths at the Asian Film Market in 2014. This year, Asian Casting Market is further reinforced with the direct participation by the actors representing the region of Asia and by the Korea Entertainment Management Association and its many member companies. The event worthy of note is ‘Curtain Call’ which is a special tribute stage for a selected veteran Asian star actor. The candidate for this event is an actor who has gained international recognition while successfully promoting Asian films in the world and has been successful at the box office in both domestic and overseas markets. This year’s Curtain Call will spotlight Korea’s Song Kang-ho. He was selected for being highly recognized by both Korean and foreign audience for having won numerous awards for his performances and having successfully advanced into overseas market with films like Snowpiercer, The Attorney, and Thirst. Not only is actor Song Kang-ho the star of the special tribute stage of ‘Curtain Call’, but he will also co-host the Opening Ceremony of the 20th Busan International Film Festival.Another event to note is ‘Casting Board’ which is a showcase event introducing young and promising Asian actors who are candidates for international projects. This year, actors from Korea, China, and Japan who have shown great performances and who have a fandom in respective domestic markets will be introduced in the Casting Board showcase. Representing Korea is Kim Woobin who has many fans in the Asian region and is recognized for his dedication to his craft. Joining him is Korean rookie actress Kim Go-eun who is showing solid performances and is fluent in Chinese. From the Chinese-speaking region is Mark Chao who has not only shown great performances in diverse roles and has a huge fandom, but he is also fluent in Chinese and English. Sandrine Pinna, a Taiwanese-French descent, is loved by the general public not only for her charming looks but for her acting abilities. Japan is represented by Satoh Takeru who draws great attention from young audience for his performance in Rurouni Kenshin. Also representing Japan is Nagasawa Masami who is receiving much attention internationally. For the film fans visiting Busan, the red-carpet event of ‘Star Road’ will be a pleasant treat. Co-hosted by Korea Entertainment Management Association, many Korean star actors as well as renowned directors attending the film festival will participate in the ‘Star Road’ event. Held at Haeundae Cine Road, Star Road will be a perfect opportunity for the film fans coming from all over the world to come in close contact with the star celebrities who will walk down the 150-meter length red carpet to attend the ‘Stars Networking Reception’. Asian Casting Market will open from October 3 to 6 during the period of Asian Film Market while Star Road and related events will be held on October 5 at Haeundae Cine Road and the Event Hall in BEXCO Exhibition Hall 4, respectively.  [EVENTS]l  Curtain CallA special tribute stage dedicated to a selected veteran Asian star actor who has been successful at the box office and have gained international recognition.• Date & Time: October 5, 2015(Mon) 16:00~17:00• Venue: Event Hall, BEXCO Exhibition Hall 4• Moderator: OH Dongjin• Participating Actor: SONG Kang-ho l  Casting BoardYoung actors representing Korea, China, and Japan with both acting abilities and box office power in their respective domestic markets will be introduced. It will serve as a showcase facilitating global casting for international projects.• Date & Time: October 5, 2015(Mon) 14:00~16:00• Venue: Event Hall, BEXCO Exhibition Hall 4• Moderator: OH Dongjin• Participating Actors: KIM Woobin, KIM Go-eun (Korea), Mark CHAO, Sandrine PINNA (Chinese-speaking area), SATOH Takeru, NAGASAWA Masami (Japan) l  Star RoadActors participating in the Asian Casting Market, famous Asian actors and directors attending the Busan International Film Festival, and Korean star actors affiliated with Korea Entertainment Management Association will participate in this red-carpet event where they will meet with the general public.• Date & Time: October 5, 2015 at 21:00• Venue: Haeundae Cine Road• Co-Hosted by Korea Entertainment Management Association l  Stars Networking ReceptionA reception for Asian actors and their management representatives to network with global film industry professionals including directors, producers, investors, and major film festival representatives.• Date & Time: October 5, 2015, following the Star Road event.• Co-Hosted by Korea Entertainment Management Association• Sponsored by AEDb(*Invitation Only.) [ACTORS]- Curtain Call -l  SONG Kang-ho / KoreaAfter making his acting debut in the play ‘A Little Monk’ in 1991, SONG Kang-ho made his film debut playing a small role in The Day a Pig Fell Into a Well (1996). Since his great performance in NO. 3 (1997), he has captivated the audience with his performance in many films of diverse genres such as Swiri (1999), Joint Security Area (2000), The Host (2006), Secret Sunshine (2007), and The Good, the Bad, and the Weird (2008). In the year 2013 alone, he appeared in three films which were Snowpiercer, The Face Reader, and The Attorney. With these three films, he attracted a box office audience of 30 million in total and undoubtedly became an actor whose performance the audience can rely on. His latest film The Throne (2015) will soon be theatrically released in Korea. Also, he is scheduled to play the leading role in director Kim Jeewoon’s latest film, Secret Agent (working title).Selection of Major AwardsNO. 3 (1997) – Best New Actor at 1997 DAEJONG Film Awards, Best Supporting Actor at Blue Dragon AwardsJoint Security Area (2000) – Best Actor at 2000 DAEJONG Film Awards, Best Actor at 2000 Busan Film Critics Association AwardsMemories of Murder (2003) – Best Actor at 2003 Korean Film Awards, Best Actor at 2003 DAEJONG Film Awards, Best Actor at 2003 Chunsa Film Art AwardsThe Host (2006) – Best Actor at 2006 Asian Film Awards, Best Actor at 2006 Golden Cinematography AwardsSecret Sunshine (2007) – 2007 Cannes Film Festival competition section, Best Actor at 2007 Korean Film AwardsThirst (2009) – Best Supporting Actor at 2009 Chunsa Film Art Awards, Actor of the Year at 2009 Director’s Cut Awards - Casting Board – (6 Actors)l  KIM Woobin / KoreaKim Woobin debuted as a runway model during Seoul Fashion Week S/S Collection in 2009. After making his acting debut in 2011, starring in KBS 2 drama special White Christmas, he gained real fame starring in popular TV series and films including A Gentleman’s Dignity (2012), School 2013 (2012), The Heirs (2013) and Friend: The Great Legacy (2013). With The Heirs, he won Best New Actor at 2013 APAN Star Awards and Popular Foreign Actor at Anhui TV Drama Awards. Also, he won Hana Financial Group Star Award (Popularity Award) at 2014 DAEJONG Film Awards and Popular Star Award at 2014 Blue Dragon Awards. Recently, he is deepening his acting skills in recent films Criminal Designer (2014) and The Twenty (2014), playing the roles of ‘Ji-hyuk’ and ‘Chi-ho’, respectively. Moreover, he is positioning himself as a major star in the Korean film industry by securing overseas sales in advance, including in China, Macau, Taiwan and the Philippines at the Asia Film Market 2014. l  KIM Go-eun / KoreaKim Go-eun burst into the Korean film industry playing the leading role in Eungyo (2012) which led to securing further main roles in films such as Monster (2013), Coin Locker Girl (2015) and Memories of the Sword (2013). Her solid performances, delicate emotional eloquence, and detailed character portrayals have earned Kim extravagant praise. She is often described as the next Jeon Doyoun and the brightest star in Korean cinema. Currently in her twenties, Kim is outstanding as one of the few major young film actresses working today, and has recently widened her range of performance by landing TV roles. Born in 1991, she is fluent in Chinese for having grown up in Beijing, China for 10 years since she was 4 years old. l  Mark CHAO / Chinese-Speaking RegionIn 2009, Mark Chao made his debut in the TV series Black & White and won Best Leading Actor in a Television Series at the 44th Golden Bell Awards. For the film <Monga>, CHAO won Best New Actor at the 2011 Asian Film Awards and the 2010 Taipei Film Festival. Chao starred in many films including Judge Dee series Young Detective Dee: Rise of the Sea Dragon (2013) (600 million at the box office) and So Young (2013) (700 million at the box office). His box office results in recent years far exceed 1.7 billion yuan in sum. Mark Chao just finished the Sino-French co-production film Warrior’s Gate (2015). Also, Chao starred in director Lu Chuan’s movie Chronicles of the Ghostly Tribe (2015), the film adaptation of the well-known Chinese Internet novel to be released this October in China. l  Sandrine PINNA / Chinese-Speaking RegionBorn in 1987, Sandrine Pinna had always been the center of attention given her striking appearance. Pinna was awarded Best Actress at the 2009 Asia Pacific Film Festival for her performance in Yang Yang (2009). She was a three-time nominee to the Golden Horse Awards and two-time Best Actress winner of Taipei Film Festival; after which director Chen Kuo-fu praised her as a natural born actress. However, her Taiwanese-French descent had once been an obstacle to her acting career. Fortunately, Pinna was strong-willed enough to convince others that her ability goes beyond her charming appearance. "If you cannot give up the things you like, then you should try harder to make people see you." This was Sandrine Pinna's favorite line in Touch of the Light, as well as the motto she lives by. l  SATOH Takeru / JapanBorn in Saitama Prefecture in 1989, Satoh Takeru made his acting debut in 2006 with the TV drama series Princess Princess D. In the following year, he took his first leading role in the drama series Kamen Rider Den-O. He gained popularity by starring in many drama series including Rookies and Bloody Monday. Satoh Takeru continuously cultivated his acting skills by taking the lead roles in box office hits including Kamen Rider Den-O film series, Beck, Rurouni Kenshin, and The Liar and His Lover. Further, he was recognized for his performances by winning Best New Actor at 2010 Japanese Film Critics Awards, Elan d’or Awards for Newcomer of the Year, and the Best Action Actor at Japan Action Awards. l  NAGASAWA Masami / Japan In 2000, Nagasawa Masami won the Grand Prix at the 2000 Toho Cinderella Audition event. She took her first leading role in Robot Contest (2003) and won Newcomer of the Year at the 2004 Japan Academy Prize. In 2004, she won Outstanding Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role at 2005 Japan Academy Awards for her performance in the Crying Out Love in the Center of the World (Sesangui jungshimeseo sarangeul wichida). In 2006, she co-starred with Tsumabuki Satoshi in Nada so so which was a huge box office hit, and she won Best Actress at 2007 Japan Academy Prize. After appearing in director John Woo’s The Crossing (2014), she recently appeared in Our Little Sister (2015) which was this year’s Cannes Film Festival competition entry and will be featured in the Gala Presentation of the 20th Busan International Film Festival.

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    Online Ticketing Guide

    Online Ticketing Guide Easy and convinient ticketing is available in 2015 BIFF without signing up for any membership. ■ Online Ticketing Interface     ① [내국인 예매 및 예매내역확인/취소] : Link to 'Non Resident Ticketing' or 'Confirmation / Cancellation' ② [Non Resident Ticketing, Confirmation / Cancellation] : Link to 'Non Resident Ticketing' or 'Confirmation / Cancellation' ■ Ticketing Process ※ Online Ticketing Home > Non Resident Ticketing     Step1. Enter your personal data. “name”, “Email”, and “6-digits password”. ☞ 6-digits password would be needed when you check your reservation. Please make note of the password Step2. Press the next button, after input your data correctly. - Calendar – Schedule – Select Seat – Selcect Payment ■ Tips for issuing the ticket more conveniently ※ [confirm reservation]-[send SMS] Tickets reserved online must be issued at BIFF ticket box. Booking number is compulsory for issuing so it’s more convenient sending booking number through SMS. (This service is free.)      

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    [2015 BIFF Press Release] Sophie MARCEAU & Harvey KEITEL to Attend the Busan International Film Festival

    Sophie MARCEAU & Harvey KEITEL to Attend the Busan International Film Festival   Two world star guests, French actress Sophie Marceau and Hollywood actor Harvey Keitel will attend the 20th Busan International Film Festival.   Harvey Keitel, known for The Piano (1993), Quentin Tarantino’s Reservoir Dogs (1992), Abel Ferrara’s Bad Lieutenant (1992), Martin Scorsese’s Mean Streets (1973), and more recently Moonrise Kingdom (2012) and The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014), was officially invited to the 20th Busan International Film Festival with the World Cinema selection Youth. It will be his first visit to Korea in which he will attend the Opening Ceremony and participate in Open Talk and Hand Printing ceremony on October 3.   From the famous The Party (La boum) (1980), Sophie Marceau became a global star with works including Braveheart (1995), Anna Karenina (1997), and The World Is Not Enough (1999). She was officially invited with Jailbirds, a World Cinema selection from the 20th Busan International Film Festival. It will be her first visit to the Busan International Film Festival and will participate in Open Talk on October 9 and attend the Closing Ceremony on October 10. French Minister of Culture and Communication Fleur Pellerin will also attend the Festival on the occasion of the Special Program ‘My French Cinema,’ and actively participate in related events accompanied by French delegates.   Official Schedule for Harvey KEITEL Guest Program Date Location Harvey KEITEL (World Cinema Youth) Opening Ceremony 10/1 (Thu) Busan Cinema Center, BIFF Theater Hand Printing & Open Talk 10/3 (Sat) 19:00 Outdoor Stage, BIFF Village, Haeundae     Official Schedule for ‘Sophie MARCEAU’   Guest Program Date Location Sophie Marceau (World Cinema  Jailbirds) Open Talk 10/9 (Fri) 20:00 Outdoor Stage, BIFF Village, Haeundae Closing Ceremony 10/10 (Sat) Busan Cinema Center, BIFF Theater   *The following schedule was determined on September 18th: however, details for festival events (including GVs) are subject to change, modification, or cancellation. Please check the announcements on the official website and Press Center for changes.   The 20th Busan International Film Festival held from October 1 (Thu) to 10 (Sat), 2015 Asian Film Market held October 3 (Sat) to 6 (Tue), 2015 Asian Project Market held October 4 (Sun) to 6 (Tue), 2015

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    [2015 BIFF Press Release] The 20th Busan International Film Festival Ticketing Schedule Announced

    The 20th Busan International Film Festival Ticketing Schedule Announced   The 20th Busan International Film Festival Opening and Closing Ceremony ticketing will open at 14:00 on Tuesday, September 22 with general screening ticketing starting at 10:00 on Thursday, September 24.   Ticketing for general screening will be available online, at all Busan Bank locations, ATMs, and phone banking (1588-6200); however, ticketing for the Opening and Closing Ceremony will only be available online. Online ticket purchases can be made in the Busan International Film Festival official website with a simple log-in.   For additional information, please visit the Busan International Film Festival official website (www.biff.kr) or contact BIFF Call Center (1666-9177).     On-Site Purchase and Group Ticketing If tickets are sold out online, same-day tickets will be available on-site at the BIFF Ticket Box. Lining up overnight is permitted at the Busan Cinema Center BIFF Hill 1F, BIFF Outdoor Ticket Box, and Cinemountain 6F ticket boxes thirty-minutes before other ticket boxes for same-day purchases. Group ticketing will be available for Cinekids screenings and will provide a 50% discount for more than 15 children between the ages of 5 to 13 years old. For general screenings, 1,000 won will be discounted per person for group ticketing of more than 15 people (Group ticketing available for Busan Cinema Center BIFF Theater, Haneulyeon Theater, and Sohyang Theater Centum City). For group reservations and Cinekids ticket purchases, contact 051-709-2264 or email ticket@biff.kr. A total of 303 films from 75 countries are invited with works from directors Claude Lelouch, Hou Hsiao-hsien, Jia Zhangke and stars in attendance include Nastassja Kinski, Tilda Swinton, Sylvia Chang, and Tang Wei.   The 20th Busan International Film Festival held from October 1 (Thu) to 10 (Sat), 2015 Asian Film Market held October 3 (Sat) to 6 (Tue), 2015 Asian Project Market held October 4 (Sun) to 6 (Tue), 2015  

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    [2015 BIFF Press Release] The Busan International Film Festival Awards NETPAC for its 25th Anniversary

    The Busan International Film Festival Awards NETPAC for its 25th Anniversary   The 20th Busan International Film Festival selected The Network for the Promotion of Asian Cinema (NETPAC) as the recipient of the Achievement Award to celebrate its 25th anniversary.   Founded in 1990 after a conference organized in New Delhi, NETPAC is a worldwide organization that represents 29 countries with more than 40 film festivals and 150 members. NETPAC’s main contribution is the institution of the NETPAC Award presented at film festivals for member states. The NETPAC Award is given to the best Korean film at the Busan International Film Festival every year. From Three Friends by Yim Soonrye, the awardees of NETPAC Award include The Power of Kangwon Province by Hong Sangsoo, 3-Iron by Kim Ki-duk, Dooman River by Zhang Lu, and King of Pigs by Yeon Sangho. NETPAC has discovered the potentials of Korean films in advance with the Busan International Film Festival and contributed to the promotion of Korean films worldwide.   Celebrating NETPAC’s contribution for 25 years, Busan International Film Festival invited the founder and president of NETPAC, Aruna Vasudev to receive the award during the Festival.   *Past Recipient of the Busan International Film Festival NETPAC Award   19th (2014) : Socialphobia Hong Seok-jae 18th (2013) : Shuttlecock Lee Yubin 17th (2012) : Jiseul Omeul 16th (2011) : King of Pigs Yeun Sangho 15th (2010) : Dooman River Zhang Lu 14th (2009) : Paju Park Chan Ok   13th (2008) : Members of the Funeral Baek Seung-bin, Treeless Mountain Kim Soyong 12th (2007) : With the Girl of Black Soil Jeon Soo-il, Hello Stranger Kim Donghyun 11th (2006) : The Last Dining Table Roh Gyeongtae 10th (2005) : The Unforgiven Yoon Jong-bin 9th (2004) : 3-Iron Kim Ki-duk 8th (2003) : Untold Scandal E J-yong 7th (2002) : Road Movie Kim Insik 6th (2001) :Take Care of My Cat Jeong Jae-Eun 5th (2000) : Chunhyang Im Kwontaek 4th (1999) : The Bird Who Stops in the Air Jeon Soo-il 3rd (1998) : The Power of Kangwon Province Hong Sangsoo 2nd (1997) : Bad Movie Jang Sunwoo 1st (1996) : Three Friends Yim Soonrye     20th Busan International Film Festival will be held Oct 1, 2015 to Oct 10, 2015. Asian Film Market will be held Oct 3, 2015 to Oct 6, 2015. Asian Project Market will be held Oct 4, 2015 to Oct 6, 2015  

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    [2015 BIFF Press Release]  Studio Ghibli to Receive 2015 Asian Filmmaker of the Year Award

    Studio Ghibli to Receive 2015 Asian Filmmaker of the Year Award The 20th Busan International Film Festival selected Studio Ghibli as the recipient of the 2015 Asian Filmmaker of the Year Award. The Asian Filmmaker of the Year award is presented to an Asian filmmaker or group that has significantly contributed to the development of the Asian film industry and Asian culture. Studio Ghibli, celebrating its 30th anniversary, was founded in 1985 by animated film directors Takahata Isao and Miyazaki Hayao who are well known for significant achievements in animated film history.  Miyazaki Hayao consolidated the status of Japanese animated films, especially with Spirited Away (2001) which won with the Golden Bear at the 2002 Berlin International Film Festival and the 2002 Academy Award for Best Animated Feature Film at the 2003 Oscars.  He was awarded the Golden Lion for Career Achievement at the 2005 Venice International Film Festival.  Takahata Isao also led in the golden age of Japanese animated films by directing Grave of the Fireflies (1988), Only Yesterday (1991), Pom Poko (1994), and the Oscar-nominated feature The Tale of The Princess Kaguya (2013).   Studio Ghibli has produced numerous masterpieces with an extended production period, providing a stable production system as well as training successors for the development of animations.  The studio has also left a significant mark through activities concerning environmental protection, peace, and the future of children.   In celebration of Studio Ghibli as the Asian Filmmaker of the Year, the Busan International Film Festival will screen Miyazaki Hayao’s My Neighbor Totoro (1988) in the Open Cinema section and Takahata Isao’s Only Yesterday (1991) in the Wide Angle – Animation Showcase section.  The Busan Cinema Center will also screen another 18 masterpieces of Studio Ghibli under the ‘Spotlight on STUDIO GHIBLI’ from September 21 (Mon) to September 27 (Sun). For more information, please visit the Busan Cinema Center website (www.dureraum.org).   Studio Ghibli Inc. / Animation Film Studio/ Japan   Studio Ghibli was founded in 1985 by animated film directors Takahata Isao and Miyazaki Hayao, and has produced twenty-one feature-length films.  Most Studio Ghibli films ranked number one at the box office in Japan in the year in which they were released.  Spirited Away, directed by Miyazaki Hayao and released in 2001, is the all-time highest grossing film in Japan, earning 30.4 billion yen at the box office.  The Studio’s Spirited Away (2001) and Howl’s Moving Castle (2004) are among Japan’s top 5 grossing films.  Studio Ghibli films have garnered numerous awards and critical acclaim from film critics and animation specialists around the world.  Spirited Away was awarded the Golden Bear as the Best Feature Film at the 2002 Berlin International Film Festival and won the 2002 Academy Awards for Best Animated Feature Film at the 2003 Oscars.  In October 2001, Studio Ghibli, in conjunction with The Tokuma Memorial Cultural Foundation for Animation, founded the Ghibli Museum, Mitaka, designed by Miyazaki Hayao. Studio Ghibli released two films in 2013, The Wind Rises, written and directed by Miyazaki Hayao, and The Tale of The Princess Kaguya, directed by Takahata Isao, that earned consecutive nominations for the 2013 and 2014 Academy Awards for Best Animated Feature Film. The latest film, When Marnie Was There, opened in Japan on July 19, 2014.   Studio Ghibli Filmography Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind (1984) Castle in the Sky (1986) My Neighbor Totoro (1988) Grave of the Fireflies (1988) Kiki’s Delivery Service (1989) Only Yesterday (1991) Porco Rosso (1992) Pom Poko (1994) Whisper of the Heart (1995) Princess Mononoke (1997) My Neighbors the Yamadas (1999) Spirited Away (2001) The Cat Returns (2002) Howl’s Moving Castle (2004) Tales from Earthsea (2006) Ponyo on the Cliff by the Sea (2008) Arrietty (2010) From Up on Poppy Hill (2011) The Wind Rises (2013) The Tale of The Princess Kaguya (2013) When Marnie Was There (2014)   * Past Recipients of the Asian Filmmaker of the Year Award   12th (2014): Ann Hui (Director, Hong Kong)   11th (2013): Rithy Panh (Director, Cambodia)   10th (2012): Wakamatsu Koji (Director, Producer / Japan)   9th (2011): Tsui Hark (Director, Producer / Hong Kong)   8th (2010): Tsai Ming-Liang (Director / Taiwan)   7th (2009): Yash Chopra (Director, Producer / India)   6th (2008): Gulnara Sarsenova (Festival Director of International Eurasia Film Festival / Kazakhstan)   5th (2007): The late Edward Yang (Director / Taiwan)   4th (2006): Andy Lau (Producer, Actor / Hong Kong)   3rd (2005): NHK (Broadcasting Station / Japan)   2nd (2004): Hou Hsiao Hsien (Director / Taiwan)   1st (2003): Mohsen Makhmalbaf (Director, Producer / Iran)   20th Busan International Film Festival will be held Oct 1, 2015 to Oct 10, 2015. Asian Film Market will be held Oct 3, 2015 to Oct 6, 2015. Asian Project Market will be held Oct 4, 2015 to Oct 6, 2015  

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    [2015 BIFF Press Release] The 20th BIFF Closing Ceremony Hosts Announced

                 The 20th Busan International Film Festival                    Closing Ceremony Hosts Announced   The 20th Busan International Film Festival announces Korean actor Park Sung-woong and actress Choo Ja Hyeon as hosts for the Closing Ceremony held at the Busan Cinema Center on October 10, 2015.   Park Sung-woong received both public and critical acclaim for his performance in New World (2012) as well as Tabloid Truth (2013), The Fatal Encounter (2014), The Deal (2014), and The Shameless (2014). He presents an overwhelming presence with every character, including this year’s Busan International Film Festival Korean Cinema Today –Panorama section and 2015 Cannes Film Festival invitee Office (2014). The prominent actor Park Sung-woong will add special energy as the Closing Ceremony host.    Choo Ja Hyeon won the Best New Actress Award with Bloody Tie (2006) at the DAEJONG Film Awards. She has started working in China since 2007, notably in the TV show The Legend of the Banner Hero. Her later performance in The Temptation to Go Home (2011), a 2011 remake of Korea's Temptation of Wife and Turbulence of the Mu Clan (2012), made Choo one of the most sought-after stars in Mainland China. She will host the Closing Ceremony of the 20th Busan International Film Festival as an Asian star who has worked in various fields that includes films, TV, and variety shows in China.   The 20th Busan International Film Festival Closing Ceremony will be held in the evening of October 10 at the outdoor theater of the Busan Cinema Center. The closing film Mountain Cry will be screened after the ceremony.   Park Sung-woong Filmography   New World (2012) / psychometry (2013) / Tabloid Truth (2013) / The Fatal Encounter (2014) / For the Emperor (2014) / The Deal (2014) / The Shameless (2014) / Office (2014)   Choo Ja Hyeon Filmography The Legend of the Banner Hero (2005) / Bloody Tie (2006) / Portrait of a Beauty (2008)/ Disappearance (2009) / Secret Romance (2010) / The Temptation to Go Home (2011) / Turbulence of the Mu Clan (2012) / The Boundary (2014)    20th Busan International Film Festival will be held Oct 1, 2015 to Oct 10, 2015. Asian Film Market will be held Oct 3, 2015 to Oct 6, 2015. Asian Project Market will be held Oct 4, 2015 to Oct 6, 2015

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    [2015 BIFF Press Release] The 20th Busan International Film Festival Partners with Google

    The 20th Busan International Film Festival Partners with Google   The 20th Busan International Film Festival will partner with Google Korea to provide viewers with a special Opening Ceremony experience and other events.   As a Premier Sponsor, Google Korea will internationally premiere the interactive webpage, “Google Play inside BIFF” after the Opening Ceremony and during the festival. The webpage will utilize Google map’s 360-degree panorama ‘street view’ techniques to showcase the Opening Ceremony event in which the viewer can vividly experience the festivities. The service will allow viewers to click on participating actors and directors for their filmography as well as watch the related films through Google Play.   Audiences can visit the offline experience center at the Google Play booth for a chance to win a Chromecast in a free giveaway in addition to a complimentary promotional code for a free film on Google Play.   Busan International Film Festival director Lee Yong-kwan quotes, “The 20th Busan International Film Festival will cooperate with Google for the convergence of film and IT. We hope this service will promote the Festival to viewers around the world.”   Google’s head of APAC Device, Content and Retail Marketing Paul Kim also states, “We want to help BIFF and other splendid Korean cultural content go global using our technologies. With the fusion between culture and digital technology, movie fans will be able to enjoy the festival in much more diverse ways.”   The 20th Busan International Film Festival will screen 303 films from 75 countries at the Busan Cinema Center and Haeundae for 10 days, from October 1 to October 10. The 20th Busan International Film Festival held from October 1 (Thu) to 10 (Sat), 2015 Asian Film Market held from October 3 (Sat) to 6 (Tue), 2015 Asian Project Market held from October 4 (Sun) to 6 (Tue), 2015

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    [2015 BIFF Press Release] Asian Film Market 2015 Reveals Major Events

    Busan, Your Next Place for Global Entertainment Business! - Asian Film Market 2015 Announces Events Useful for Your Film Business Goals   Held from October 3 to 6 during the 20th Busan International Film Festival, Asian Film Market 2015 will present various top quality events for attending film professionals touching on subjects related to not only the film market business, but also the global entertainment business.   Events that are worth taking note of this year are the ones held with the occasion of the pilot opening of the world’s first E-IP (Entertainment Intellectual Property) Market. One of the events is the “E-IP Forum” where a discussion will be held on the current trend in and the future outlook on the market for entertainment intellectual properties. Invited speakers for the E-IP Forum are top executives from major entertainment companies in Asia including the Vice President of Tencent, one of top 3 internet service groups in China; the CEO of Film Business Unit of CJ E&M, the leading IP business group in Korea; and the Director of Warner Bros. Korea–Local Production. Another event is the “E-IP Legal Seminar” where intellectual property specialty lawyers from France, Korea, and U.S.A. will discuss about how to protect one’s entertainment intellectual properties in doing global business. Diverse topics will be covered in various other events at Asian Film Market 2015 including “Producing Blockbusters: Chinese Producers of Huge Box Office Hits” where Chinese film producers who made record-breaking box office hits will discuss the current status of the Chinese film market from their perspective and, newly held this year, “Works-In-Progress” will introduce latest Asian films in production to attending major international film festival directors.   From October 3 to 6, Asian Film Market’s diverse events will be held at the Event Hall inside Busan BEXCO Exhibition Center 2, Hall 4.   [Details of Events] (*Lists of names are in the alphabetical order of the last name) l  E-IP Forum Top executives of Asia’s top entertainment groups that are leading the entertainment business in Asia will discuss the current state of the business related to entertainment intellectual properties touching on each company’s strategies in relation to E-IP business as well as offer an outlook on how the business will develop in the future.   Date & Time: October 3 (Sat)  16:30~18:00 Speakers: - Edward CHENG: Vice President of Tencent - Jay CHOI: Director of Warner Bros. Korea–Local Production, CEO of WITHUSFILM.INC - JEONG Taesung: CEO of Film Business Unit, CJ E&M   l  E-IP Legal Seminar: How to Protect Your Entertainment Intellectual Property In Doing Global Business Korea’s leading law firm Lee&Ko’s intellectual property specialty lawyer, Chief Executive & Head of Studies of ACE (Ateliers du Cinéma Européen) with a Ph.D. in Law from France, and one of world’s top entertainment lawyers from U.S. law firm Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP will introduce each country’s laws related to E-IP protection and will present actual contract cases.   Date & Time: October 6 (Tues)  11:00~12:30 Speakers: -       Robert DARWELL: Entertainment Lawyer, Partner at Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP (U.S.A.) -       Ronan GIRRE: Chief Executive & Head of Studies of ACE (Ateliers du Cinéma Européen) with a Ph.D. in Law (France) -       Vera Eun Woo LEE: Intellectual Property Specialty Lawyer, Partner at Lee&Ko’s (Korea)   l  Producing Blockbusters: Chinese Producers of Huge Box Office Hits Representative Chinese film producers who produced films that achieved top box office record in Mainland China will discuss the success factors as well as the future prospects in the Chinese film market. Participating speakers have made high quality films that ranked high in the Chinese box office records. They include Du Yang who distributed and produced Breakup Buddies (2014) which is ranked 4th* in Chinese box office records, Wang Chen who produced So Young (2013) which is ranked 12th*, and Fang Li who produced The Continent (2014) which is ranked 19th*. Also participating is producer Jacky Y.H. Liu who produced Miss Granny (2015), the Chinese remake of the Korean film having the same title. He is expected to share his experience in making a remake in the Chinese film market. (*source of rank: Chinese box office website www.cbooo.cn, as of September 4, 2015.)   Date & Time: October 6 (Tues)  13:30~15:00 Speakers: - DU Yang: General Manager, Beijing Skywheel Entertainment Co. Ltd., Breakup Buddies (2014), My Old Classmate (2014), Police Story: Lockdown (2013) starring Jackie CHAN, Sophie's Love Manual (2009), and more. - FANG Li: Producer, Laurel Films Company Limited, The Continent (2014), Ever Since We Loved (2015), and more. - JIAO Aimin: Producer, Monumental Films, The Chef, The Actor, The Scoundrel (2013), and more. - Jacky Y.H. LIU: President of Huace Union Pictures, former President of CJ E&M China Film Dep., Wedding Invitation (2013), Miss Granny (2014), and more. - WANG Chen: CEO of HS Entertainment Group Incorporated, So Young (2013), The Third Way of Love, and more.   l  Works-In-Progress As a new addition to this year’s events, Works-In-Progress will introduce latest Asian and Korean films in production to attending major international film festival directors, sales agents, and producers. The films that will be introduced this year are scheduled to be completed by the first half of next year at the latest. Also, they are those that are viable candidates for major international film festivals such as Cannes Film Festival, Berlin International Film Festival, and Venice International Film Festival. Participating directors include Philippines’ Lav Diaz who won the Orizzonti Prize at the 65th Venice International Film Festival for Melancholia (2008), Korea’s Lee Joon-ik whose latest film The Throne (2015) is awaiting theatrical release, and China’s Wang Bing who won the Montgolfiere d'Or for documentary with West of the Tracks at Festival des 3 Continents in Nantes.   Date & Time: October 4 (Sun)  16:30 ~ 18:00 Participating Directors:  Lav DIAZ (The Philippines), LEE Joon-ik (Korea), LEE Soo Youn (Korea), LEE Sung Gang (Korea), WANG Bing (China)   l  Film Fund Talk In Film Fund Talk, major film funds from around the world are presented to directors and producers who are attending Asian Film Market. This year, fund representatives from Council of Europe, Germany, Netherlands, and China will offer practical information about their funds, the scale and extent of the fund support as well as the application method.   Date & Time:  October 5 (Mon)  10:30~12:00 Participating Funds: -          Bona Film Fund: In 2013, Bona, along with Sequoia Capital and NOVA Holdings Corporation, launched the first private film investment fund – Bona Film Fund – in total of RMB 1 billion and the second film fund of RMB 1.7 billion established one year later. Until now, the Funds have invested in 25 films among which the first 15 films have been distributed to the public with remarkably grossing USD 690 million in box office, which marks the fund’s most successful private film funds in China. -          Eurimages – Council of Europe: Promoting European cinema by encouraging co-operation across borders between film industry professionals, Eurimages provides support for fiction, documentary and animation features made as co-productions. As part of the Council of Europe, the Fund regroups 36 European countries and has awarded more than 508 million euros to over 1,600 European films since it was set up in 1988. -          Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg GmbH: The Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg was established in 2004 as the central regional agency for film funding and media development in Berlin and Brandenburg, Germany. With an annual budget of approximately 26 million for film funding, the Medienboard supports national and international film productions and has both cultural and economic objectives. -          Netherlands Film Fund: The Netherlands Film Fund is the national agency responsible for supporting film production in the Netherlands. Its focus is to develop and strengthen Dutch cinema and film culture both domestically and internationally. The Netherlands are very open to international co-production and have treaties with Canada, France and Germany; with Wallonia, China and South Africa in preparation. Amongst others, the Fund offers minority co-production support and a 30% cash rebate.   l  KOCCA New Story Creation Project Pitching Sponsored by the Korea Creative Contents Agency (KOCCA) and Busan International Film Festival, co-organized by the Asian Film Market and Producers Guild of Korea (PGK), New Story Creation Project Pitching introduces awarded projects of previous year’s ‘KOCCA Korean Story Open Competition’ with the nation’s largest awards of the same category, to the industry professionals for the first time. A total of 17 projects won the competition, out of which 9 projects of various genres includes feature film, drama, animation and novel will be introduced this year through project pitching and business meetings in Busan.   Date & Time of Project Pitching: Oct. 3 (Sat.) 13:30 – 15:00      Selected Projects Project Title Representative Genre GO! LEE Han-bin Adventure, Animation The Mirror KIM Su-hwa Mystery Thriller Invisible Power SHIN Jin-young Mystery Thriller Mole farm PYO Young-tae Science Fiction Forbidden taste JANG Sun-hee History Drama Life of Mong-Ryong GIM Sung-wook Comedy, History Drama Thanks, bro! HAN Ji-su Comedy, Action The Tomb CHEON Ho-sung Action, Adventure A Midsummer Night's magic PARK Min-jeong BYEON Wang-jung Fantasy, Drama  

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    [2015 BIFF Press Release] The 20th Busan International Film Festival Opening Ceremony Hosts Announced

    The 20th Busan International Film Festival Opening Ceremony Hosts Announced   The 20th Busan International Film Festival announces Korean actor Song Kangho and Afghanistan actress Marina Golbahari as Opening Ceremony hosts at the Busan Cinema Center on October 1, 2015.     Song Kangho will be hosting the opening ceremony at Busan International Film Festival for the second time since 2001. Song has captivated audiences with performances in films of various genres including Joint Security Area (2000), The Host (2006), Secret Sunshine (2007) and The Good, the Bad, the Weird (2008). He firmly established himself as an actor that audiences can rely on for high quality and popular films like Snowpiercer (2013), The Face Reader (2013), and The Attorney (2013). His recent work with director Lee Joon-ik, The Throne (2015) will be released soon. It will be a memorable event for the Festival to have him as the 20th anniversary host. Marina Golbahari will be the second foreign actress to host the opening ceremony of Busan International Film Festival after Chinese actress Tang Wei in 2012. Though Afghan films are still unfamiliar to many audiences, filmmaking is actively taking place in Afghanistan despite harsh conditions. Osama (2003), which completely changed Marina’s life had the honor of being invited to Directors’ Fortnight (Quinzaine des Réalisateurs) and won her the Outstanding Younger Actor Award at Molodist International Film Festival in Ukraine and the Best Actress Award at the Cinemanila International Film Festival in Philippines. Osama was also invited and well-received at the 2003 Busan International Film Festival. This year, as the leading actress in Afghanistan who has eagerly engaged in acting under a violent environment, Marina will visit Busan to host the opening ceremony of the 20th Busan International Film Festival.   With an effort to highlight films and film professionals from all over Asia, including East Asia and Afghanistan, Busan International Film Festival welcomes Korean actor Song Kangho and Afghan actress Marina Golbahari as hosts to represent Asia. The 20th Busan International Film Festival will screen its opening film Zubaan after the opening ceremony.     Major filmography of Song Kangho The Foul King (2000), Joint Security Area (2000), Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance (2002), Memories of Murder (2003), The Host (2006), Secret Sunshine (2007), The Good, the Bad, the Weird (2008), Thirst (2009), Secret Reunion (2010), Snowpiercer (2013), The Face Reader (2013), The Attorney (2013)   Major filmography of Marina Golbahari Osama (2003), Opium War (2008), Act of Dishonor (2009), Soil and Coral (2013), Darya’s Story (2014)   The 20th Busan International Film Festival will be held from Oct 1, 2015 to Oct 10, 2015. Asian Film Market will be held from Oct 3, 2015 to Oct 6, 2015. Asian Project Market will be held from Oct 4, 2015 to Oct 6, 2015

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    [2015 BIFF Press Release] 'Actor and Actress of the Year' Award Jury Annonced

       Jury for the 20th Busan International Film Festival ‘Actor & Actress of the Year’ Announced   The Busan International Film Festival announced the Actor & Actress of the Year jury: Park Joong-Hoon and Moon Sori.   The Actor & Actress of the Year award is an effort to focus more attention on actors and actresses. One renowned Korean actor and actress each select an actor and an actress from the films presented in the New Currents and Korean Cinema Today-Vision sections. This year’s Actor and Actress of the Year jurors include Park Joong-Hoon, a long-loved actor and director of Top Star, and Moon Sori who won the Marcello Mastroianni Award for Best New Young Actress with Oasis at the 2002 Venice Film Festival in addition to other impressive performances in various films.   In accordance to its purpose, the award shed light on independent film actors with last year awardees Choi Woo-shik (Set Me Free) and Cho Soohyang (Wild Flowers). Other actors including Ha Jungwoo (The Unforgiven), Lee Je-hoon (Bleak Night), Chun Woo-hee (HAN GONG-JU), and Byun Yohan (Socialphobia) also rose to the scene at the Busan International Film Festival; it will be interesting to see who the next rising star will be through Actor & Actress of the Year award.   The Actor and Actress of the Year will be announced at the closing ceremony of the Busan International Film Festival on October 10, 2015. The winner will each receive 5,000,000 KRW (approx. 5,000 USD).   Park Joong-Hoon Biography After graduating from Department of theater and film of Chung-Ang University and receiving the Master’s degree in the graduate school of New York University, Park Joong-Hoon started his career as an actor in Kam-bo (1986), followed by numerous box office hits including Two Cops (1993) and How to Top My Wife (1994). He won the Best Actor at the 2000 Baeksang Arts Awards with Nowhere to Hide and the Best Leading Actor of Blue Dragon Film Awards with Radio Star (2006). Park Joong-Hoon was invited to the 2013 Busan International Film Festival with his directorial debut film Top Star  in the Korean Cinema Today-Panorama section. Moon Sori Biography   Moon Sori began receiving attention with A Peppermint Candy (2000) by Lee Chang-dong and showed outstanding performance in Oasis (2002) by Lee Chang-dong, which earned her the Marcello Mastroianni Award for Best New Young Actress at the 2002 Venice Film Festival and Best New Actress at the Blue Dragon Film Awards. She also showed a shocking performance in Im Sang-soo's A Good Lawyer's Wife winning the Best Actress at the 2004 DAEJONG Film Awards. Her other works include Forever the Moment (2008), Hahaha (2010), THE SPY: UNDERCOVER OPERATION (2012). Also she became the first Korean actress invited as a jury member of the Locarno International Film Festival. Moon Sori will attend the 20th Busan International Film Festival as a director with her third short film The Best Director.

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    [2015 BIFF Press Release] Special Program in Focus:My French Cinema

    Special Program in Focus at the 20th Busan International Film Festival: ‘My French Cinema’ In this symbolic year of the 20th Busan International Film Festival, the Special Program in Focus introduces France, a powerful nation of films and an old friend of Korea. Apart from its previous years, ‘My French Cinema,’ avoids the academic concept of introducing the directors, films, or the historical values. Instead, it creates a free and personal interaction between Korean and French film professionals, sharing French cinema with the audiences. A total of 10 films will be presented under this Special Program, with 9 films recommended from prominent French directors, actors, critics and festival organizers, who will also visit in person and introduce the films to the festival audiences. It will be a rare opportunity to watch Jacques Demy’s A Room in Town with Leos Carax’s recommendation, A Man and a Woman (1966) which is about to have its 50 year anniversary by director Claude Lelouch. Moreover, the Artistic Director of the Cannes Critics' Week Charles Tesson recommended Summer Hours (2008), while Cinémathèque Française Programming Director Jean-François Rauger, recommended Bellamy (2009) by Claude Chabrol. The last selection Marianne of My Youth (1955), a meaningful film loved by many Korean middle-aged cinephiles, was selected by the special program publication writers. A non-Asian special program book will be published for the first time. The book will include essays and an interview by the Korean film professionals who express their love for French cinema. Of exceptional value is the interview by film critic Kim Jong-won who vividly shares his perspectives on French films released in Korea during the 1950s and the 1960s. The personal experiences and viewpoints on French cinema by the Busan International Film Festival honorary director Kim Dong-ho, director Jung Sung-il and Kim Jee-woon, and film critic Jung Han-seok will be interesting to learn from. This program will be held to celebrate the ‘Korea - France Year 2015-2016’ and the Festival sincerely appreciates the emphatic support from the Institut Français and uniFrance Films for the special program screening and publishing of ‘My French Cinema.’ We hope this special program will provide a chance for younger generations to rediscover and see a new viewpoint of French cinema classics that Korean and French film professionals love.  [Special Program in Focus: My French Cinema Screening List] *in chronological order Name of film Year Director Marianne of My Youth 1955 Julien Duvivier A Man and a Woman 1966 Claude Lelouch A Room in Town 1982 Jacques Demy Bad Blood 1986 Leos Carax Just for Laughs 1996 Lucas Belvaux My Sex Life... or How I Got into an Argument 1996 Arnaud Desplechin Summer Hours 2008 Olivier Assayas A Prophet 2009 Jacques Audiard Bellamy 2009 Claude Chabrol Holy Motors 2012 Leos Carax   20th Busan International Film Festival will be held Oct 1, 2015 to Oct 10, 2015. Asian Film Market will be held Oct 3, 2015 to Oct 6, 2015. Asian Project Market will be held Oct 4, 2015 to Oct 6, 2015

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    [2015 BIFF Press Release] Wieland SPECK Receives the Korean Cinema Award

    Wieland SPECK Receives the 20th Busan International Film Festival Korean Cinema Award   Wieland Speck, curator of the Berlin International Film Festival’s Panorama section, was selected for the Korean Cinema Award earned by individuals who have contributed to the promotion of Korean Cinema to worldwide audiences.   Known for making qualified and popular selections in the Panorama section, Wieland Speck made great contributions to promoting Korean films by his Korean selections. During the 22 years in his post, he has invited a total of 29 Korean movies. Speck stated that “Korean cinema remains ever surprising, a vivid mirror of its diverse societal developments - which makes selecting for the Berlin International Film Festival so exciting," showing great affection towards Korean films.   Starting with Im Kwontaek's Seopyonje (1994), Speck continues to introduce films by Im Sang-soo, Hong Sang-soo, Ryoo Seungwan, E J-Yong, Lee Songhee-il, and Kim Ki-Duk at the Berlin International Film Festival.   In consideration of his exceptional interests and affection for the potential of Korean cinema, the Busan International Film Festival selected Wieland Speck as the recipient of the 2015 Korean Cinema Award.   ○ Biography of Wieland Speck Born in Freiburg, Speck studied German Literature, Drama and Ethnology at Freie Universität Berlin. He started working on cinematography and film projects after graduation and later became a filmmaker, writer and publisher. Speck also participated as an actor in the works of several acclaimed film directors including David Hemmings, Robert van Ackeren, Ulrike Ottinger, and Ian Pringle. For many years, he was the managing director of “Tali,” an independent arthouse cinema in Berlin-Kreuzberg. After studying at the San Francisco Art Institute from 1979 to 1981, Speck directed several films (Westler in 1985, Escape To Life in 1999) and worked in various film institutions and events (including Filmhaus Berlin, Filmbüro Baden-Württemberg, Berlin European Short Film Festival) as well as film school and universities as a professor. He was appointed director of the Berlin International Film Festival’s Panorama section in 1992. ○ Past Recipients of the Korean Cinema Award (Position held at the time of the award presentation) 19th Corinne SIEGRIST-OBOUSSIER (Director of Filmpodium, Switzerland)   18th Charles TESSON (Artistic Director of Cannes International Film Festival Critics’ Week, France)   17th HAYASHI Kanako (Festival Director of Tokyo FILMeX, Japan)   16th Julietta SICHEL (Former Program Director of Karlovy Vary International Film Festival, Czech Republic)   15th Bruno BARDE (Festival Director of Deauville Asian Film Festival, France)   14th Riccardo GELLI (Director of Korea Film Festival in Florence, Italy) Jeannette Paulson HERENIKO (President of Asia Pacific Film.com, Former Director of Hawaii International Film Festival, USA)   13th Richard PENA (Director of the Film Society of Lincoln Center, USA)   12th Sabrina BARACETTI (Festival President of Udine Far East Film Festival, Italy) Jean-Francois RAUGER (Head Programmer of the Cinémathèque Française, France)   11th Martial KNAEBEL (Festival Director of Fribourg International Film Festival, Switzerland) TERAWAKI Ken (Former Director-General of Cultural Affairs Department of Japan, Japan)   10th Dieter KOSSLICK (Festival Director of Berlinale, Germany) Thierry FREMAUX (Artistic Director of Cannes International Film Festival, France)   9th YANO Kazuyuki (Festival Director of Yamagata International Documentary Festival, Japan) Phillip CHEAH (Festival Director of Singapore International Film Festival, Singapore)   8th PARK Byoung-yang (President of Asia Film Production, Japan) LEE Bong-ou (President of Cine Quanon, Japan)   7th Alain Jacques Louis PATEL (Festival Director of Deauville Asian Film Festival, France)   6th Eva ZAORALOVA (Festival Director of Karlovy Vary International Film Festival, Czech Republic)   5th Martin & Anna Louisa GIROD (Directors of Stadtkino Basel, Switzerland)   4th Serge LOSIQUE (Festival Director of Montreal International Film Festival, Canada) LEE Young-il (Film Critic, Korea)   3rd Gilles JACOB (Festival Director of Cannes International Film Festival, France) Moritz de HADELN (Festival Director of Berlinale, Germany)   2nd Aruna VASUDEV (Editor-in-Chief of CINEMAYA, India) SATO Tadao (Festival Director of Fukuoka Film Festival, Japan)   1st Adriano APRA (Festival Director of Pesaro International Film Festival, Italy) Tony RAYNS (Film Critic, UK) Alain JALLADEAU (Festival Director of Festival des 3 Continents, France) Ulrich GREGOR (Director of International Forum, Berlinale, Germany) Larry KADISH (Programmer of Museum of Modern Art, USA) Ancha FLUBACHER-RHIM (Deputy Festival Director of Jeonju International Film Festival, Korea) Simon FIELD (Festival Director of Rotterdam International Film Festival, UK)   20th Busan International Film Festival will be held from Oct 1, 2015 to Oct 10, 2015. Asian Film Market will be held from Oct 3, 2015 to Oct 6, 2015. Asian Project Market will be held from Oct 4, 2015 to Oct 6, 2015

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    [2015 BIFF Press Release] Wide Angle Competition Section Jury Announced

    Jury for the 20th Busan International Film Festival Wide Angle Section AnnouncedThe 20thBusan International Film Festival announces the jury for the Wide Angle section: BIFF Mecenat and Sonje Award. The Wide Angle program presents creative short films, animations, documentaries, and experimental films with new cinematic perspectives. 2 best documentaries (one Korean and one Asian) will receive the BIFF Mecenat Award and 2 best short films (one Korean and one Asian) will receive the Sonje Award. Jurors for the Wide Angle Section consist of internationally prestigious cineastes from diverse backgrounds in search of the hidden jewels of Asian cinema based on accumulated experience and expertise. The BIFF Mecenat Award Jury include Artur Liebhart, the director of DOCS AGAINST GRAVITY FILM FESTIVAL, Du Haibin, the most active documentary directors in China, and Kim Dong-ryeong, who has been invited to various acclaimed film festivals with his first feature documentary American Alley (2008). Suwa Nobuhiro, who received the FIPRESCI Prize at the Cannes Film Festival with M/Other (1999) after his debut film 2/Duo (1997), will join the Sonje Award jury this year. Actress Kim Ho Jung who received much acclaim for Revivre (2014) and SXSW programmer Claudette Godfrey will also take part in the best Asian short film selection. BIFF Mecenat Award-DocumentaryArtur LIEBHART / Director of DOCS AGAINST GRAVITY FILM FESTIVAL / PolandBorn in Poland, Artur Liebhart founded the film distribution company Against Gravity and documentary film festival, after graduating from the University of Warsaw. With great interest in European and Asian author's cinema, he serves as the director of the DOCS AGAINST GRAVITY FILM FESTIVAL one of the prime film event in Poland. Liebhart currently provides educational programs on documentaries for high schools and universities and is the expert of Polish Film Institute. Liebhart was awarded Golden Cross of Merit by President of Poland for his social and culture orientated activity.DU Haibin / Director / ChinaBorn in Xian, China, Du Haibin studied cinematography in the Beijing Film Academy followed by an interest in film, photography, and broadcasting. His most well-known work Along the Railway (2001) received Special Mention at the Yamagata International Documentary Film Festival and Stone Mountain (2006) that deals with the workers’ life in the quarry far from China was selected for the 2005 Busan International Film Festival’s AND Dongseo Asia Fund. A story about the survivors of the Sichuan earthquake, 1428 won the best documentary in the Orizzonti section of the 2009 Venice International Film Festival. Du is currently one of the most active documentary directors in China.KIM Dong-ryeong / Director / KoreaKim Dong-ryeong majored in English literature and graduated from the Korean Academy of Film Arts. Her first feature documentary American Alley(2008), a feature-length documentary about foreign women working as entertainers in the US military camp sites, was invited to the Busan International Film Festival and won the Ogawa Shinsuke Prize at the 2009 Yamagata International Documentary Film Festival. Her second feature Tour of Duty (2012) co-directed by PARK Kyoung-tae screened at the Busan International Film Festival, Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival, The Museum of Modern Art (MoMa), and also won the Special Prize for the International Competition section for the first time in Korea at the 2013 Yamagata International Documentary Film Festival. Kim explores the problem of space and memory, and continues to collaborate with the women near an army base in Gyeonggi-do Province.Sonje Award-Short FilmSUWA Nobuhiro / Director / Japan  Suwa Nobuhiro was born in Hiroshima, Japan and came to the forefront with his directorial debut, 2/Duo (1997) which received the NETPAC Awards at the International Film Festival Rotterdam and Dragons & Tigers Award at the Vancouver International Film Festival. His second film M/Other (1999) won the FIPRESCI Prize at the Cannes Film Festival and Woosuk Award at Jeonju International Film Festival while A Perfect Couple (2005) received the Special Jury Prize and the C.I.C.A.E Award at the 58th Locarno Film Festival. Under the influence of nouvelle vague, Suwa Nobuhiro produces innovative and unpredictable work that influences many cineastes. KIM Ho Jung / Actress / KoreaKim Ho Jung who recently stars actively in various platforms, is a well-established talented actress in theater. Her impressive performances on stage lead to various awards at the Baeksang Arts Awards. Kim’s breakthrough came with The Butterfly (2001) which was awarded the Bronze Leopard Award (Best Actress Award) with at the 2001 Locarno International Film Festival. In Revivre(2014), a film by IM Kwon-taek which was invited to Venice, Toronto, Busan and other prestigious international film festivals, Kim gave an impassioned performance that included an extreme weight loss regime and a head shave. She won worldwide acclaim from critics and audience, and received the Best Supporting Actress at the Baeksang Arts Awards for this film.Claudette GODFREY / SXSW Programmer/ USABorn and raised in Austin, Texas, Claudette graduated University of Texas Film and began her career at SXSW in 2006 as an enthusiastic volunteer. She is currently responsible for the curation of the 10 short film programs that the festival screens each year, overseeing film submissions to the festival, and managing the big picture event. Claudette previously worked as a Corporate Relations Coordinator at the CineVegas Film Festival and served as a Shorts Programmer for the Alamo Drafthouse's Fantastic Fest. The 20thBusan International Film Festival held from October 1 (Thu) to 10 (Sat), 2015 Asian Film Market held October 3 (Sat) to 6 (Tue), 2015 Asian Project Market held October 4 (Sun) to 6 (Tue), 2015      

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    [2015 BIFF Press Release] New Currents Jury Members announced

    The 20th Busan International Film Festival Announcesthe New Currents Section Jury   The 20th Busan International Film Festival finalized 5 jurors for the New Currents competition in the Asian films section. Since the inception of the Festival in 1996, the New Currents section presents current trends in Asian films by discovering and introducing new filmmakers. The New Currents jury consists of celebrated filmmakers and film professionals from wide-ranging genres to search for new directors with strong spirits. Sylvia Chang, one of the most acclaimed actresses and female directors in Asia, has been appointed head juror of the New Currents competition section. She has been actively engaged in filmmaking aside from her acting career as a representative Hong Kong film icon since the 70s. Her film 20 30 40 (2004) was invited to A Window on Asian Cinema section at the 2004 Busan International Film Festival. This will be her first visit to Busan as the head juror. The other members of the jury include Anurag Kashyap, Kim Tae-yong, Nastassja Kinski, and Stephanie Zacharek. Anurag Kashyap, a renowned director in India, contributed to expanding of Bollywood with novel themes and narratives. Director Kim Tae-yong of Family Ties (2006) and Last Autumn (2011) continues to lead a vast maniac fan base at home and abroad with his work. Lastly, Nastassja Kinski, who won the Best Actress award at the 1981 Golden Globe Awards with Tess (1979) and Stephanie Zacharek, the chief film critic of New York’s Village Voice and nominee of the 2015 Pulitzer Prize in Criticism will also join the New Currents jury. The 5 New Currents jurors led by Sylvia Chang will be in Busan this coming October for a meticulous assessment of the qualified films selected for this year’s competition. The two selections will each be awarded 30,000 USD at the closing ceremony.   New Currents Jury Members Sylvia CHANG / Head Juror / Actress, Director / Taiwan One of Asia's most celebrated actresses and female directors, Sylvia Chang built her career for the past four decades as an actress, writer, producer, singer and director. Starring in over 100 films, she won numerous Taipei Golden Horse Awards and Best Actress Award at the Hong Kong Film Awards. With her directorial debut in the 1980s, Chang has managed a total of 10 films including 20 30 40 (2004) nominated for the Golden Bear at the 2004 Berlin International Film Festival, and Murmur of the Hearts (2015), which screened as the opening film for the 2015 Hong Kong International Film Festival. Chang's films are characterized by their strong portrayals of women from various walks of life. She has helped introduce new filmmakers like Ann Hui and Edward Yang as a producer for debut features and continues to discover new talent. Anurag KASHYAP / Director / IndiaAnurag Kashyap made an early mark as a writer with the gritty, raw gangster film Satya (1998) directed by Ram Gopal Verma. In 1999, he wrote and directed a short film Last Train to Mahakali (1999) and made his directorial debut with Paanch (2000). This was followed by the acclaimed Black Friday, based on the 1993 Bombay bombings. It won the Grand Jury Prize at the 3rd Annual Indian Film Festival of Los Angeles in 2005. His other works include Dev.D which received widespread acclaim chiefly due to the film's fearless visual style, its experimental soundtrack and its innovative narrative structure, No Smoking (2007), Return of Hanuman (2007), Gulaal (2009), That Girl in Yellow Boots (2010) and Gangs of Wasseypur (I & II) (2012). He served as a jury member for the Venice International Film Festival and Sundance Film Festival, and the Marrakech International Film Festival as the President of the Feature Film Jury. In 2013, he has been honored by the French government and been conferred the “Chevalier dans ’ordre des Arts et Lettres” (Knight of the Order of Arts and Letters) on the filmmaker at a ceremony held in the Palais des Festivals.   KIM Tae-yong / Director / Korea   With his feature debut Memento Mori (1999), Director Kim Tae-yong opened new opportunities for Korean cinema. He received various awards including the Golden Alexander Prize at the 2006 Thessaloniki International Film Festival with Family Ties (2006), his second feature film with a unique story structure that captivated the audience. Late Autumn (2011) was also acknowledged for the subtle progress of portraying the two characters transcending a language barrier and opening up to each other. Moreover, Kim expanded his work in various fields including films, documentaries, and theater. He recently joined the restoration project of The Crossroad of Youth (1934), recreating the oldest Korean silent film into a live variety show with live narration and musical accompaniment. Nastassja KINSKI/ Actress / Germany  Actress Nastassja Kinski, a renowned German actress, began working as a model in her teen years and built her career as an actress since her role in director Wim Wenders’ The Wrong Move (1975). Her first major role in a popular German TV series Tatort (1977) and Stay as You Are (1978) announced her presence. Kinski received the Golden Globe Award for Best Actress with Tess (1979) by director Roman Polanski, and the film also won three awards out of six nominations at the 53rd Academy Awards. She extended her career to the United States and Europe with Maria’s Lovers (1984), Paris, Texas (1984), Faraway, So Close! (1993), Your Friends & Neighbors (1998), An American Rhapsody (2001) and most recently The Nightshift Belongs to the Stars (2012).  Stephanie ZACHAREK / Film critic / USA  Stephanie Zacharek is the chief film critic at the Village Voice. From 1999 to 2010, she was a writer and film critic for Salon.com, an online website offering in-depth criticisms on social, political and cultural issues in general. Her writing on books and pop culture has also appeared in The New York Times, New York Magazine, Entertainment Weekly, Rolling Stone, Newsday, and Sight and Sound. She is a contributor to A New Literary History of America, published by Harvard University Press in 2009, and her essay on Paul Greengrass' United 93 was included in the 2008 anthology American Movie Critics, edited by Philip Lopate. She is a member of the New York Film Critics Circle and the National Society of Film Critics, and was a finalist for the 2015 Pulitzer Prize in criticism.   20th Busan International Film Festival will be held Oct 1, 2015 to Oct 10, 2015. Asian Film Market will be held Oct 3, 2015 to Oct 6, 2015. Asian Project Market will be held Oct 4, 2015 to Oct 6, 2015

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    [2015 BIFF Press Release] Special Program in Focus:Asian Cinema 100

    “Celebrating Asian Cinema Legacy” Special Program in Focus at the 20th Busan International Film Festival ‘Asian Cinema 100’ The 20th Busan International Film Festival presents ‘Asian Cinema 100’ for the Special Program in Focus this year to celebrate its history. The ‘Asian Cinema 100’ is a collaboration project with the Busan International Film Festival and the Busan Cinema Center to shed light on the values of Asian film. The list will be updated every 5 years to act as a guide for the aesthetic value and history of Asian cinema and to discover hidden masterpieces and talented directors of Asia. For the project, 73 prominent film professionals at home and abroad included film critics such as Jonathan Rosenbaum, Tony Rayns, Hasumi Shigehiko, and renowned festival executives, programmers, and directors Mohsen Makhmalbaf, Bong Joon-ho, and Apichatpong Weerasethakul. They recommended their top 10 films, resulting in 113 selections and 106 directors (including joint rankings) for the final 100 list. Tokyo Story, a legendary masterpiece by Ozu Yasujiro made the top of the list. Kurosawa Akira also had two films in the top 10 list that included Rashomon (1950) in 2nd place and Seven Samurai (1954) at 6th place. In the Mood for Love (2000) by Wong Kar Wai came in 3rd, while The Apu Trilogy by Satyajit Ray came in 4th. In 5th place, A City Of Sadness by Hou Hsiao-hsien and 7th place A Brighter Summer Day by Edward Yang both from Taiwan. Moreover, Spring in a Small Town by Fei Mu and Still Life by Jia Zhangke both placed 8th, and Close-Up by Abbas Kiarostami and The Housemaid by KIM Ki-young, the only Korean film on the top 10 list, came in 10th.   The top 10 (a total of 11 films) will screen under Asian Cinema 100. A special book containing the details and reviews of the films on the list by 29 film professionals will be published during the Festival. [Special Program in Focus: Asian Cinema 100 - Top 10 Screening List (11 total, including joint ranking] Rank Title Year Director Country 1 Tokyo Story 1953 OZU Yasujiro Japan 2 Rashomon 1950 KUROSAWA Akira Japan 3 In the Mood for Love 2000 WONG Kar Wai Hong Kong 4 The Apu Trilogy 1955 Satyajit RAY India 5 A City of Sadness 1989 HOU Hsiao-hsien Taiwan 6 Seven Samurai 1954 KUROSAWA Akira Japan 7 A Brighter Summer Day 1991 Edward YANG Taiwan 8   Spring in a Small Town 1948 FEI Mu China Still Life 2006 JIA Zhangke China 10 The Housemaid 1960 KIM Ki-young Korea Close-Up 1990 Abbas KIAROSTAMI Iran    [Special Program in Focus: Asian Cinema 100 – Top 10 Directors (including joint ranking] Rank Director Country 1 OZU Yasujiro Japan 2 HOU Hsiao-hsien Taiwan 3 Abbas KIAROSTAMI Iran 4 KUROSAWA Akira Japan 5 Satyajit RAY India 6   WONG Kar Wai Hong Kong Apichatpong WEERASETHAKUL Thailand 8 (Joint) JIA ZhangKe China MIZOGUCHI Kenji Japan Edward YANG Taiwan   1. Tokyo Story (OZU Yasujiro, 1953) After World War II, an old couple visits their children in Tokyo. Their eldest son and second daughter feel burdened by their visit and avoid them. Only the youngest daughter-in-law Noriko looks after them with great devotion. A masterpiece by Ozu Yasujiro, who is considered one of Japanese cinema's three great masters.   2. Rashomon (KUROSAWA Akira, 1950) During the Heian Period, a monk and a woodcutter tell an odd story to a man who came into Rashomon to avoid the pouring rain. The film is known for flashing techniques that illustrates an incident from various points of view. Director Kurosawa Akira gained international acclaim with this film. 3. In the Mood for Love (WONG Kar Wai, 2000) Local newspaper editor Chow Mo-Wan and secretary of an export company Su Li-zhen move into a cramped apartment on the same day. Left in an unfamiliar environment, they are drawn to each other from their loneliness. In the Mood for Love ultimately embodies Director Wong Kar Wai’s refined skills and delicate sentiment.  4. The Apu Trilogy (Satyajit RAY, 1955) The Apu Trilogy depicts the life of Apu in Pather Panchali (1955), Aparajito; (1956), and Apur Sansar (1959). A masterpiece that realistically and placidly portrays Indian society. Satyajit Ray is called a master of Asian film as well as the father of Indian cinema. 5.  A City of Sadness (HOU Hsiao-hsien, 1989) A masterpiece on the tragic family history of four brothers during the 2.28 incident in 1945, the film depicts Taiwanese society in the turbulent times after liberation from Japan. One of the most successful works that integrates the film philosophy of Director Hou Hsiao Hsien, the standard-bearer of the Taiwan New Cinema movement. 6. Seven Samurai (KUROSAWA Akira, 1954) A poor village suffers from looting bandits after every harvest. The village chief recruits seven samurais to combat the bandits. A masterpiece that shows the dynamic action and humanism seen in the works of Kurosawa Akira.   7. A Brighter Summer Day (Edward YANG, 1991) Based on a 1960s true story. The film depicts a boy who fled from China and started a pitiful school life in Taiwan. The film conveys the desperation and social contradiction of Taiwanese modernization. A masterpiece of Edward Yang, who led the Taiwan New Cinema movement with Hou Hsiao-hsien. 8. (Joint) Spring in a Small Town (FEI Mu, 1948) A wife takes care of her ill husband in a loveless marriage. Everything changes when her old flame and her husband’s doctor/colleague appears in front of her. One of the classic Chinese films by Fei Mu who was in the center of Chinese cinema in the 1930-40s. 8. (Joint) Still Life (JIA Zhangke, 2006) A woman searches for her husband who has been gone for the past 16 years and a man searches for his wife after separating. With juxtaposed reasons, the two individuals arrive in Shanxi. Through a sorrowful journey, director Jia Zhangke successfully illustrate the rapidly changing society and desolate human relationships in Chinese society. 10. (Joint) The Housemaid (KIM Ki-young, 1960) Dong-sik hires a maid for his sick wife, but has an affair with the maid, who becomes pregnant. The maid becomes extremely violent after a forced abortion by Dongsik’s wife. Known for intense suspense and psychological depiction, director Kim Ki-young is one of the most esthetically ingenious directors in Korean cinema history. He was also introduced in the 2nd Busan International Film Festival Korean Retrospective Program. 10. (Joint) Close-Up (Abbas KIAROSTAMI, 1990) Sabzian pretends to be the famous director Mohsen Makhmalbaf to a woman. Attracted by his words, the woman invites him to her house as the lies continue to grow. An experimental work of Iranian maestro Abbas Kiarostami who blurs the boundaries between a documentary and fiction.   20th Busan International Film Festival will be held Oct 1, 2015 to Oct 10, 2015. Asian Film Market will be held Oct 3, 2015 to Oct 6, 2015. Asian Project Market will be held Oct 4, 2015 to Oct 6, 2015

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