Expectations run high for Busan film festival
“Always,” the opening film of the Busan International Film Festival (BIFF), sold out in 7 seconds after the online ticket sales opened on Monday afternoon, raising expectations even higher for the successful hosting of Asia’s top film festival.
The 16th edition of the festival, formerly known as the Pusan International Film Festival, will take place from Oct. 6 to 14 in the South Korean port city of Busan, with 307 films from 70 countries showing.
This year’s record broke the previous record of being sold out in 18 seconds, set in last year for “Under the Hawthorn Tree”, the festival’s opening film by the Chinese director Zhang Yimou.
“Always”, directed by South Korea’s Cannes Jury Prize winner Song Il-Gon, is a romance about an ex-boxer and a telephone operator who is slowly losing her sight. The film stars South Korean movie star So Ji-sub and actress Han Hyo-joo.
Tickets for the closing film, “Chronicle of My Mother” based on a work by Japanese writer Yasushi vInoue, were also sold out in a mere one minute, 23 seconds.