The 26th annual Busan International Film Festival will be taking place from October 4 to 14, 2018. This year’s lineup is full of new and exciting films that are sure to make you laugh, cry, or gasp.
The 26th Busan International Film Festival is in full swing, with the first part of the festival being held from October 4 to October 12. This year’s event will feature 22 films you shouldn’t miss at the 26th Busan International Film Festival (Part 1). Read more in detail here: film festivals 2021.
These are the twenty-two films you must see at the 26th Busan International Film Festival, which will take place in Busan, Korea from October 6th to 15th, 2021.
– A Selection of Films –
Lee Woodong’s A Bit Different – Korea | 2021 – 61 minutes Section: Vision | Premiere in the United States
A guy and a lady stroll through an alley in the dead of night, enjoying a cigarette. They’re a pair of detectives who work together. Their narrative is complicated: they are going to stage an arrest of a criminal they have already apprehended. In reality, they are going to reenact the incident with the assistance of TV crews with whom they made a secret arrangement, acting as though they are arresting the criminal for the first time. However, things go wrong. The film creates suspense by cleverly depicting different events in a few restricted locations, such as a few alleyways and run-down buildings. It has a unique feeling of genre and draws the viewer into a mysterious night. (BIFF 2021 – JUNG Hanseok)
Dates: Saturday, October 9th, 2021 | CGV Centum City 4 | 20:00 pm Sunday, October 10th, 2021 | 19:30 pm | Lotte Cinema Centum City 6 Monday, October 11th, 2021 | 16:00 pm | Lotte Cinema Centum City 6 Wednesday, October 13th, 2021 | Lotte Cinema Centum City 6 | 14:00 pm
Qiu Jiongjiong’s A New Old Play – Hong Kong, China, France | 2021 – 179 minutes A Window on Asian Cinema is a section of the exhibition.
Qiu Fu, a famous Sichuan opera performer who has been performing since he was seven years old and has been on stage for almost 40 years, dies and meets two underworld leaders. He refuses to drink the elixir of forgetfulness, so the authorities and his long-time friends remain with him and reminisce about the past until he leaves for the underworld. Qiu Fu’s life is depicted in many acts of a drama set in the turbulent history of contemporary China, from the period of the Kuomintang administration in the 1920s through the Sino-Japanese War, the civil war between the Kuomintang and the Communist Party, the Great Famine, and the Cultural Revolution. Short subtitles describing the historical context and current condition of the theater company are followed by highly dramatic events from Qiu Fu’s history. A New Old Play is one of the most unusual and wonderful films of the year because to its meticulously constructed stage sets and incredible camera work that transforms a play into a film and a film into a play. (BIFF 2021 – PARK Sun Young)
* At the Locarno International Film Festival, this film won the Jury Prize.
Dates: Thursday, October 7th, 2021 | Lotte Cinema Centum City 5 | 15:30 pm Friday, October 8, 2021 | 15:00 pm | Lotte Cinema Centum City 10 Wednesday, October 13th, 2021 | Lotte Cinema Centum City 9 | 13:00 pm
Are you feeling lonely tonight? Section: A Window on Asian Cinema by Wen Shipei – China | 2021 – 95 minutes
Wang Xueming, an air conditioner repairman, strikes a man laying on the street with his vehicle on his way to a date with his girlfriend and then escapes. He returns to the accident scene to confirm the man’s death and dispose of the corpse, but he is overwhelmed with remorse and attempts unsuccessfully to submit himself to the police. Wang Xueming hangs about Mrs. Liang, a strange lady looking for her husband who has gone missing. The anguished and sad Wang Xueming, the dark and reddish lighting and hues, and the ever-changing camera motions complement Elvis Presley’s “Are You Lonesome Tonight?” demonstrating that noir is a style. Ning Hao’s Dirty Monkeys produced director Wen Shipei’s first film, Are You Lonesome Tonight?, and famous Taiwanese actresses Feng Yuyan and Sylvia Chang star as the lead protagonists. (BIFF 2021 – PARK Sun Young)
*This film was shown at a special screening at the Cannes Film Festival*
Dates: Saturday, October 9th, 2021 | CGV Centum City 1 | 16:30 pm Sunday, October 10th, 2021 | 9:00 a.m. | Lotte Cinema Centum City 4 Thursday, October 14th, 2021 | 19:00 pm | Busan Cinema Center Haneulyeon Theater
Section: Gala Presentation by Hamaguchi Ryusuke – Japan | 2021 – 179 minutes
A film based on Murakami Haruki’s short tale of the same title from his book Men Without Women. Hamaguchi takes the story’s core, depicting a protagonist who hides his gloom and loneliness in a corner of his heart, and embellishes it with a wealth of details in his own unique manner. Through individuals speaking various languages putting together a play, he gets a step closer to the mysteries of the world. While having sex, the protagonist’s wife has a tendency of making up tales. She transforms one of them into a TV drama screenplay and establishes herself as a successful television writer. The protagonist discovers of his wife’s infidelity one day, but she dies before he can question her why. He is invited to a theatrical festival two years later, when he puts together performers of all ethnicities to play Uncle Vanya. There, he discovers a chance to plunge into the depths of his own heart. (BIFF 2021 – NAM Dong-chul)
* At the Cannes Film Festival, this film won the Best Screenplay Award.
October 7th, 2021 | Thursday | Busan Cinema Center Cinema 1 | 9:00 am; October 9th, 2021 | Saturday | CGV Centum City 6 | 9:30 am; October 10th, 2021 | Sunday | CGV Centum City 6 | 12:00 pm; October 9th, 2021 | Saturday | CGV Centum City 6 | 9:30 am; October 10th, 2021 | Sunday | CGV Centum City 6 | 12:00 pm; October 10th, 2021 | Sunday | CGV Centum City 6 |
Sugita Kyoshi’s Haruhara-Recorder san’s – Japan | 2021 – 121 minutes A Window on Asian Cinema is a section of the exhibition.
This might be described as a softer version of a Hong Sangsoo film. Recorder by Haruhara-san is missing something that a drama should have. Rather of presenting the protagonist’s narrative from beginning to end, the film shows her in a series of events with no context. Sachi, the main character, works part-time in a café. In one scene, she moves into a new apartment and speaks with the former tenant, which is followed by a scene in which she interacts with café customers. Her aunt pays her a visit one day, and her uncle, unaware that Sachi has a guest, also pays her a visit. Rather of explaining why the events are occurring, the camera records different occurrences occurring around Sachi. The viewer ultimately learns that the picture demonstrates concern, comfort, and love for the characters. This film meets the definition of a “poetic cinema,” since it was inspired by a Japanese poem. (BIFF 2021 – NAM Dong-chul)
* At FIDMarseille, this film won the Grand Prize, the Audience Award, and the Best Performance Award.
Dates of screening: Friday, October 8, 2021 | Lotte Cinema Centum City 7 | 18:30 pm Sunday, October 10th, 2021 | 10:30 a.m. | Sohyang Theater Centum City Tuesday, October 12th, 2021 | 16:30 pm | Lotte Cinema Centum City 9
Park Songyeol’s Hot in the Day, Cold at Night – Korea | 2021 – 90 minutes Section: Vision | Premiere in the United States
Due to their unfortunate circumstances, a young couple is having difficulty. They’re both urgently looking for employment, but finding it isn’t simple. Meanwhile, the husband is likely to lose the camera he loaned to a friend, and the wife is stranded after taking out private loans to support the family. Under the conditions, something bad will almost certainly happen or the situation will come to a halt, but the film approaches the situation with an entirely unexpected attitude and humor. The dialogue, facial expressions, movements, and postures of the pair, as well as the lighting and intensity of the screen that catches them, generate strange comedy and lonesome feelings, completely captivating the viewer. Hot in the Day, Cold at Night is an unique moral comedy that brings a weird sense of humor to the everyday lives of the poor. The husband’s hopeless surrender in the last moment ultimately touches us. (BIFF 2021 – JUNG Hanseok)
Dates of screening: Sunday, October 10th, 2021 | CGV Centum City 4 | 16:30 pm Monday, October 11, 2021 | CGV Centum City 7 | 16:30 pm Tuesday, October 12th, 2021 | 13:00 pm | Lotte Cinema Centum City 6 Thursday, October 14th, 2021 | CGV Centum City 7 | 17:30 pm
Hong Sangsoo’s In Front of Your Face – Korea | 2021 – 86 minutes Icons section
Sangok (Lee Hyeyoung), who has been living in the United States for a long time, has returned to Korea and is residing with her sister. Sangok has been away from Korean for years, yet Hong’s film follows her in her daily life, exploring the difficulties she encounters and the layers of emotions she conveys via her words and gestures. An intense discourse washes across her face from time to time, a sort of plea to suppress loneliness and sorrow and reconnect with the beauty of life. ′In front of your face,′ as the title implies, is the film′s primary emphasis. The film is driven by a need to completely confront and defend a particular and present location. Actress Lee Hyeyoung, who makes her debut appearance in a Hong Sangsoo film here, uses her incredible physical force to bring her will to life on screen. The film has been invited to the Cannes Film Festival’s 2021 Premiere. (BIFF 2021 – NAM Daeun)
* This film had its world premiere at the Cannes Film Festival.
Dates: Thursday, October 7th, 2021 | CGV Centum City 3 | 13:00 pm Saturday, October 9th, 2021 | Lotte Cinema Centum City 4 | 19:00 pm Wednesday, October 13th, 2021 | CGV Centum City 4 | 18:30 pm
Memoria by Apichatpong Weerasethakul – 2021 – 136 minutes – Section: Icons – Colombia, Taiwan, France, Germany, Mexico, Qatar
After hearing a loud boom, Jessica has sleeplessness. Only she appears to hear the strange noise, which sounds like metal colliding with concrete at tremendous speeds. She goes to a sound engineer to get it reproduced, and she meets an archaeologist who examines the bones discovered in a tunnel being built. Jessica approaches a doctor, perplexed by her encounter, who is unable to identify her ailments. The secrets, on the other hand, seem to be leaking out until she meets a guy who recalls everything. Apichatpong Weerasethakul, a master filmmaker, tells the tale of coexistents who are obviously there yet unseen to the naked sight. We leave our imprint on them as well. Houses, hospitals, stores, woods, and walkways are all locations that are easily missed. They do, however, coexist alongside appealing facts that are concealed, whether deliberately or not. The cries from the audio and visuals will linger with us long after the credits have rolled. (BIFF 2021 – PARK SUNGHO)
* This film won the Jury Prize at the Cannes Film Festival.
Dates: Tuesday, October 12th, 2021 | 16:00 pm | Sohyang Theater Centum City Wednesday, October 13th, 2021 | 16:00 pm | Busan Cinema Center Cinema 1 Thursday, October 14th, 2021 | CGV Centum City 6 | 17:00 pm
Missing by Katayama Shinzo – Japan, Korea | 201 – 124 minutes | World Premiere Section: New Currents
Missing is the second film directed by Katayama Shinzo, who previously worked as an assistant director for Bong Joon Ho on Tokyo! (2008) and Mother (2009). The father, who used to operate a ping pong club, now lives in poverty when his company collapses. He vanishes one day after claiming to have seen a wanted serial murderer and that he is going to capture him for a reward. His daughter, a high school student, looks for him at all hours of the day and night, finally discovering a guy with her father’s name who works at her father’s old job. She realizes the guy is a serial murderer and starts following him in the hopes of finding her father. Missing is a suspense thriller with a surprising twist, yet it focuses on human character rather than the technological surprise. His remarkable film, which uses the delicate language of the thriller genre to reveal people’s secret sides that cannot be separated into the duality of good and evil, uses the delicate grammar of the thriller genre to show people’s hidden sides that cannot be divided into the dualism of good and evil. (BIFF 2021 – NAM Dong-chul)
Dates of screening: Friday, October 8, 2021 | 14:00 pm | Sohyang Theater Centum City Saturday, October 9th, 2021 | CGV Centum City 7 | 9:00 a.m. Monday, October 11th, 2021 | 12:00 pm | Busan Cinema Center Cinema 1
Nobody’s Lover by Han In-mi – Korea | 2021 – 137 minutes | World Premiere | Section: Vision
Yujin, who is eighteen years old, has had a difficult existence in many ways. Nothing in her life seems to go well for her, whether it’s her family connections, her family situations, or even her friendship. Yujin is like a desert island cut off from the rest of the world. Yujin, on the other hand, falls in love, only to find herself in the middle of a love triangle. She has emotions for an older college student, but a young guy with whom she works part-time falls in love with Yujin at the same time. Between the two guys, Yujin’s emotions come and go. She is very versatile, being naive at times yet assertive and astute at others. The picture effectively portrays certain important situations and leads to emotional upsurges thanks to the director’s excellent emotional direction and the actors’ concentrated performances. Delicate lines also have a role in amplifying the emotions. Nobody’s love is as complex as Yujin’s. The film is harsh, loving, attentive, and daring all at the same time. (BIFF 2021 – JUNG Hanseok)
Dates: Saturday, October 9th, 2021 | CGV Centum City 4 | 13:00 pm Sunday, October 10th, 2021 | 9:30 a.m. | Lotte Cinema Centum City 3 Tuesday, October 12th, 2021 | 15:30 pm | Lotte Cinema Centum City 4 Wednesday, October 13th, 2021 | Lotte Cinema Centum City 6 | 16:30 pm
Section: A Window on Asian Cinema On the Job: The Missing 8 by Erik Matti – Philippines | 2021 – 209 minutes
When the world is engulfed in corruption and bloodshed, justice is nowhere to be found. Erik Matti, a brilliant Filipino filmmaker, has produced a record of the experiences of individuals whose lives cross. A journalist called Sisoy must overcome hardship in order to live in a city that resembles a jungle. Sisoy sets out to find out what happened to his long-time colleague and his family when they vanish. Roman, on the other hand, has been condemned to life in jail for crimes he did not commit. He languishes in jail, where he is hired as an assassin on a regular basis. He’ll go to any length to get away. Sisoy relentlessly seeks the truth about where the eight missing individuals have ended up in the middle of an overflowing mess with crooked officials and fake news items. He feels deceived and furious with the politicians he used to support the closer he gets to the truth. As he becomes Roman’s next target, the two men are destined to collide. (BIFF 2021 – PARK SUNGHO)
* At the Venice International Film Festival in Competition, this film won the Best Actor Award.
Dates: Saturday, October 9th, 2021 | 13:00 pm | Lotte Cinema Centum City 7 Monday, October 11th, 2021 | 15:30 pm | Lotte Cinema Centum City 8 Thursday, October 14th, 2021 | Lotte Cinema Centum City 2 | 14:30 pm
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