Busan to open with ‘Always’ and close with ‘Mother’
South Korea’s Busan Intl. Film Festival opens with Korean helmer Song Il-gon’s melodrama “Always” and closes with Japanese director Harada Masato’s “Chronicle of My Mother.”
Fest on Thursday announced the lineup for its 16th edition, which screens 307 films from 70 countries including 89 world premieres.
The org said this year’s fest would be the start of an era with Busan Cinema Center, a newly constructed theater space that has nine stories and a cantilever roof that is the longest in the world. Located in the Centum City, the Center will be the venue for opening ceremony and events, in its main facility named Cine Mountain.
International guests headed for the fest include Luc Besson, Tsui Hark, Michelle Yeoh, Isabelle Huppert, João Canijo and Apichatpong Weerasethakul.
Among the festival highlights, the gala presentation unveils seven films, including Besson’s “The Lady,” Johnnie To’s “Life Without Principle,” Peter Chan’s “Wu xia” and Bong Joon-ho’s “The Host 3D.”