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BUSAN 2018

A slew of European films to premiere in Busan

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- Asia’s biggest film showcase will take place from 4-13 October and will save a special spot for Asian-European connections

A slew of European films to premiere in Busan
Cellar by Igor Voloshin

The Busan Film Festival will unspool from today until 13 October, once again boasting a programme that shines the spotlight on the most interesting voices in Asian cinema, but also adapting to an ever-growing intercontinental scope.

Opening with the world premiere of Beautiful Days [+see also:
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, a Korean-French co-production directed by Jero Yun (Mrs. B., A North-Korean Woman [+see also:
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, Letters [+see also:
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), the festival will screen a selection of world and international premieres of European titles to South Korean audiences. 

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The Flash Forward section will see the world premiere of Luzie Loose’s Swimming [+see also:
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, Paolo Zucca’s The Man Who Bought the Moon [+see also:
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 and Mohcine Besri’s Urgent [+see also:
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, as well as the international premieres of Andrew Hulme’s The Devil Outside [+see also:
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(United Kingdom), Nikolaus Leytner’s The Tobacconist (Austria/Germany), Letizia Lamartire’s Venice-screened We’ll Be Young and Beautiful [+see also:
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(Italy), Moonika SiimetsThe Little Comrade [+see also:
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(Estonia), Martin Turk’s Good Day’s Work [+see also:
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(Bosnia-Herzegovina/Turkey/Slovenia) and Elena Trapé’s Málaga-awarded Distances [+see also:
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(Spain). 

European titles are also grabbing all the attention in the World Cinema section, with the international premiere of the Slovakian-Russian-Czech co-production Cellar [+see also:
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, directed by Igor Voloshin, on top of a wide array of films coming from the biggest festivals of the year, such as Rotterdam (Jesper Ganslandt’s Jimmie [+see also:
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), Berlin (Malgorzata Szumowska’s Mug [+see also:
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), Cannes (Alice Rohrwacher’s Happy as Lazzaro [+see also:
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interview: Alice Rohrwacher
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, Pawel Pawlikowski’s Cold War [+see also:
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 and Ali Abbasi’s Border [+see also:
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), Karlovy Vary (Radu Jude’s “I Do Not Care If We Go Down in History as Barbarians” [+see also:
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), Venice (Jacques Audiard’s The Sisters Brothers [+see also:
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, Laszlo NemesSunset [+see also:
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interview: László Nemes
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 and Olivier AssayasNon-Fiction [+see also:
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) and Toronto (Claire DenisHigh Life [+see also:
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 and Paolo Sorrentino’s Loro [+see also:
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), among many others. 

The rude health of the European-Asian co-production landscape is also plain to see in the A Window on Asian Cinema section, which will boast the international premiere of Koji Fukada’s new film, the Japanese-Indonesian-French co-production The Man From the Sea [+see also:
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, and will include screenings of Naomi Kawase’s Vision [+see also:
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, Phuttiphong Aroonpheng’s Manta Ray [+see also:
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, Soudade Kaadan’s The Day I Lost My Shadow [+see also:
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, Rahi Anil Barve and Anand Gand’s Tumbbad [+see also:
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, Wi Ding Ho’s Cities of Last Things [+see also:
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and the director’s cut of Jia Zhangke’s Ash Is Purest White [+see also:
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.

Taking place during the festival, the Asian Film Market (6-9 October), will welcome 29 projects to the Asian Project Market, Asia’s biggest investment and co-production market. European (co-)produced projects are also in the mix, such as the market’s first Czech production, Tomáš Polenský’s The Pack, co-produced by Latvia, as well as Anatomy of Time by Jakrawal Nilthamrong (Thailand/France/Netherlands), Bone Trumpet by Fidel Devkota (Nepal/France) and The Egg by Shawkat Amin Korki (Iraq/Germany/Japan).

The market will also host the second edition of Platform BUSAN, a networking platform where independent filmmakers and professionals in Asia will share their experience and seek out opportunities for collaboration, with the participation of European Film Promotion (EFP) and European Audiovisual Entrepreneurs (EAVE) in various events (read more here). A special focus will be put on Asian-European cooperation, with panels on the basics of international sales in Europe for Asian independent filmmakers, and on the distribution landscape in both Asia and Europe, as well as a closed networking table for European and Asian filmmakers. Professionals will also have the chance to attend conferences on block-chain technology, and new VR technologies and narratives, in addition to the presentation of the winners of the Korea Story Competition.

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