The Busan International Film Festival has had quite the star-studded launch, with stars from Asia and beyond converging to see it begin.
From October 1-10, the second-largest city in South Korea will be home to the largest film festival in Asia. The festival is a big event for Asian cinema, especially in the region, and enjoys a huge amount of media attention, growth in box office receipts and recognition by the global movie market. The 20th edition of the festival saw an Indian-flavoured beginning – debut director Mozez Singh’s “Zubaan” is a coming-of-age drama about a young Sikh musician. It’s also the first time an Indian film has opened BIFF.
The festival was a starry affair, and saw Asian cinema heavyweights like Chinese actress Tang Wei, Masami Nagasawa from Japan, and Taiwan’s Chang Chen. It was even attended by Hollywood veteran Harvey Keitel, British actress Tilda Swinton and France’s Sophie Marceau.
If the opening ceremony at the massive Busan Cinema Centre was any indication, this film festival is going to be brilliant. A lot of exciting films are lined up for the 10-day period. Keep an eye out for more updates!