Busan bids to become hub of Asian film world
Asia’s largest film festival signed off this week with a promise to make the South Korean port city of Busan the hub of the entire region.
“Twenty years ago in the film world it was Hollywood, Europe and the rest of the world. Now its Hollywood, Asia and the rest,” said film scholar Thomas Elsaesser.
There were reminders that cinema isn’t always simply about business at the box office.
“For me this festival is famous around the world for supporting young, independent filmmakers,” said Iraqi director Mohamed Al-Daradji, whose “Son of Babylon” screened as part of the “A Window on Asian Cinema” section.