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The Busan International Film Festival to play host to a number of European film premieres

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- The 21th edition of the Busan International Film Festival will feature a strong line-up of European titles, a number of which will be having their world or international premiere

The Busan International Film Festival to play host to a number of European film premieres
The Poisoning Angel by Stéphanie Pillonca-Kervern

The 21st edition of the Busan International Film Festival will be held from 6-15 October this year. A total of 299 films from 69 countries, including 94 world premieres and 28 international premieres, will be showcased on 34 screens spread across five theatres all over the South Korean city. The gathering will feature many events, such as master classes, open talks, meeting with guests and audiences, discussions and the BIFF Forum.

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This year, the festival aims to reflect on the last 20 years of its existence, in order to enhance its own identity and play an active role in the global film industry in the future. From an independent and autonomous position, it wishes to prove its support of Asian cinema and to open itself to the international filmmaking world by strengthening co-working links.

European cinema will be feature prominently at the festival, across a number of different sections. In the World Cinema section, 34 of the 42 selected films are European titles: A Woman’s Life [+see also:
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Q&A: Stéphane Brizé
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by French director Stéphane Brizé, Afterimage [+see also:
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by Poland’s Andrzej Wajda, the co-production between Turkey, Germany, Poland and France, directed by Yesim Ustaoglu, Clair Obscur [+see also:
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, Death in Sarajevo [+see also:
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interview: Danis Tanovic
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, directed by Danis Tanović, the Austrian-Luxembourgish co-production, Egon Schiele [+see also:
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Death and the Maiden [+see also:
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, by Dieter Berner, Alejandro Jodorovsky’s Endless Poetry [+see also:
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, co-produced between France, Japan and Chile, Foreign Body [+see also:
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by Raja Amari, French-German co-production Frantz [+see also:
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Q&A: François Ozon
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, directed by François Ozon, From the Land of the Moon [+see also:
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by the France’s Nicole Garcia, Heaven Will Wait [+see also:
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by her compatriot Marie-Castille Mention-Schaar, the British master Ken Loach’s film,  I, Daniel Blake [+see also:
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, It’s Not the Time of My Life [+see also:
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interview: Szabolcs Hajdu
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by Hungarian director Szabolcs Hajdu, Spain’s Oscars hope, Julieta [+see also:
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Q&A: Pedro Almodóvar
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, by Pedro Almodóvar, King of the Belgians [+see also:
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interview: Jessica Woodworth, Peter Br…
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by Peter Brosens and Jessica Woodworth, the German title, Original Bliss [+see also:
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interview: Sven Taddicken
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, by Sven Taddicken, French production Personal Shopper [+see also:
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interview: Artemio Benki
interview: Olivier Assayas
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by Olivier Assayas, Scarred Hearts [+see also:
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interview: Radu Jude
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by Radu Jude, Sieranevada [+see also:
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Q&A: Cristi Puiu
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by Romania’s Cristi Puiu, Italian-French co-production Sweet Dreams [+see also:
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Q&A: Marco Bellocchio
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by Marco Bellocchio, Last Days of Louis XIV [+see also:
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interview: Albert Serra
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by Albert Serra, the Argentinean-Spanish production, The Distinguished Citizen [+see also:
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, by Gastón Duprat and Mariano Cohn, Icelandic title The Oath [+see also:
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, directed by Baltasar Kormákur, The Ornithologist [+see also:
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interview: João Pedro Rodrigues
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by João Pedro Rodrigues, The Reconquest [+see also:
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interview: Jonás Trueba
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by Jonás Trueba, The Teacher [+see also:
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interview: Jan Hřebejk
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by Jan Hřebejk, The Together Project [+see also:
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, co-produced between Iceland and France and directed by Sólveig Anspach, It's Only the End of the World [+see also:
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by Xavier Dolan, German comedy Toni Erdmann [+see also:
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Q&A: Maren Ade
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by Maren Ade and the Polish United States of Love [+see also:
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interview: Tomasz Wasilewski
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by Tomasz Wasilewski.

As well as this, four European titles will have their international premiere at the festival: A Possible Life [+see also:
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by Ivano de Matteo, Kóblic [+see also:
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, by Sebastián Borensztein, May God Save Us [+see also:
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interview: Rodrigo Sorogoyen
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by Rodrigo Sorogoyen, and Monte [+see also:
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, by Amir Naderi. Epifanía, a co-production between Colombia, Sweden and Denmark, directed by Oscar Ruiz Navia and Anna Eborn, will be unveiled to the world at the event.

Johannes Naber’s German production, Heart of Stone [+see also:
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interview: Johannes Naber
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, and Italy’s At War with Love [+see also:
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by Pierfrancesco Diliberto, will have their world premieres in the Open Cinema section. In addition to other screenings of European shorts and features in the Flash Forward section, the Spanish film Maria (and Everybody Else) [+see also:
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interview: Nely Reguera
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by Nely Reguera, Worlds Apart [+see also:
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 by Christopher Papakaliatis, The Saint [+see also:
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interview: Andrius Blazevicius
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by Andrius Blazevicius, and Starfish [+see also:
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interview: Virgil Widrich
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by Bill Clark will unveiled internationally, while Night of a 1000 Hours [+see also:
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interview: Virgil Widrich
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by Virgil Widrich and The Poisoning Angel [+see also:
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by Stéphanie Pillonca-Kervern will have their world premiere in the same section.

There will seven juries in total, one for each of the New Current, Wide Angle (both for the documentary and short film sections), Actor & Actress of the Year, Vision-Director, FIPRESCI and NETPAC awards, which are made up of a diverse pool of professionals, such as: Souleymane Cissé, the most influential living African director, Indian producer Guneet Monga, one of the 12 most successful women in the global entertainment industry, the director of the International Film Festival Rotterdam, Bero Beyer, Korean director Zhang Lu, the Munich Film Festival programmer, Bernhard Karl, and the Iranian photographer, cinematographer and director Mahmoud Kalari, among others.

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