Busan International Film Festival holds in-person opening ceremony on Oct 6; check details

The twenty sixth Busan International Film Festival (BIFF) held its offline opening ceremony on Wednesday, October 6 on the Busan Cinema Center. The ceremony, which was hosted by South Korean stars Song Joong-Ki and Park So-Dam, began off with a flock of celebrities and dignitaries strutting down an L-shaped purple carpet.

As per Variety studies, the glamorous occasion noticed Korean trend model Artistry’s ambassadors, makers and cast of a handful of Korean unbiased movies, The New Currents competitors jury with out its president and Indian filmmaker Deepa Mehta amongst others. 

Marking the occasion, Space Sweepers star Song Joong-ki talked about that ‘it has been some time’ since everybody might meet in individual, including that this yr’s BIFF will current ‘223 movies from 70 totally different nations.’ Park additionally wished for this yr’s pageant to boost everybody’s spirit, including that it ‘represented a second of consolation and comfort’ and offered hope for the resurrection of the Film Industry, which has been daunted by the COVID-19 pandemic.’

Opening ceremony of the twenty sixth Busan Film Festival

Recipients at the pageant’s opening night time included Lee Yong-jin, son of Lee Choon-yun, who accepted the Korean Cinema Award on behalf of his late father and the former chairman of the Korean Academy of Film Arts. Oscar-winning director Bong Joon-ho and Im Sang-soo additionally introduced the Asian Filmmaker of the Year Award to Im Kwon-taek, who has helmed over 100 movies in his profession. 

The opening night time’s spotlight, nevertheless, was the presentation of Im Sang-soo’s directorial, Heaven: To The Land of Happiness, which charts the story of two males who meet on a journey. The movie had earlier been nominated for the 2020 Cannes pageant, nevertheless, after its cancellation, it was bagged by Busan for its opening night time. The ceremony concluded with a music titled To the Land of Happiness, crooned by musician Hahn Dae-soo. 

The movie pageant has additionally chosen Shoojit Sircar’s manufacturing Deep6 in addition to The Rapist by Aparna Sen, starring Konkona Sen Sharma, Arjun Rampal and Tanmay Dhanania for premiering at its ‘A Window on Asian Cinema’ part. The 10-day occasion will run via October 15 in South Korea’s second-largest metropolis, Busan.

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This article was first printed in www.republicworld.com

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