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Busan names 30 for APM 2015

The Asian Project Market (APM) heads into its 18th edition with 30 projects announced on Monday.

Nandita Das

Nandita Das

A small number come from familiar names, although none have direct NZ connections. In the game of 6 Degrees, the title with closest NZ link is Nandita Das’ Indian project Manto. Das was director of Shuchi Kothari’s 2008 feature Firaaq. (Later this month, Kothari will chair discussions hosted by Script to Screen and DEGNZ on Leslee Unwin’s India’s Daughter.)

Among the more established filmmakers presenting projects will be Indian Kanu BEHL, whose Titli premiered in Un Certain Regard last year. Indonesian Mouly Surya will present Marlina The Murderer In Four Acts. His Sundance-premiered What They Don’t Talk About When They Talk About Love (2013) has become one of Indonesia’s most internationally successful films.

The one title from outside Asia is Hana MAKHMALBAF’s London Stories, follow-up to her 2009 Green Days which was well-received at Venice and Toronto. The London-based Makhmalbafs are an established filmmaking family. Hana’s brother will produce London Stories. Her father’s The President was selected at the Busan IFF last year.

Among the locals, LEESONG Heeil (Night Flight, Berlinale, 2014) is possibly the best-known.

Last year Vietnamese director Phan Dang Di took the headline US$20,000 Busan award for Full Moon Party, sequel to his 2010 Bi, Don’t Be Afraid which played well on the international festival circuit after taking two prizes at Cannes.

Bi, Don't Be Afraid

APM 2014 winner Phan Dang Di’s Bi, Don’t Be Afraid

The Asian Project Market will run 4 – 6 October in Busan. Projects are listed alphabetically by title.

Title Director Producer(s) Country Co-producer
1 Acetylene Love Adolfo Jr. ALIX Ma. Lourdes GOPEZ/td>

The Philippines
2 The Adventure of Hanmeimei KIM Junghan AHN Dongkyu China Korea
3 Agra Kanu BEHL Kanu BEHL
India France
4 Another Day in Baghdad Maysoon PACHACHI Talal AL-MUHANNA Iraq UK, France. Germany
5 Birdshot Mikhail RED Pamela L. REYES The Philippines Qatar
6 Bombay Rose Gitanjali RAO Clara MAHIEU India France
7 Brother KIM Tae-yong KIM Jeong-min Korea
8 ChaChaCha DO Quoc Trung PHAN Dang Di
TRAN ThiBich Ngoc
9 Gabsooni & Soo-ah YANG Ik-june KIM Joori Korea
10 Glooming Flower JEON Gyesoo JANG Sojung Korea
11 Ireesha, daughter of the elf king CHANG Hyungyun CHO Young-kag Korea
12 London Stories Hana MAKHMALBAF Maysam MAKHMALBAF UK
13 The Lottery Boy TRAN DUNG ThanhHuy NGUYEN Hoang Diep
NGUYEN Trinh Hoan
14 Manto Nandita DAS Nandita DAS India
15 Marlina The Murderer In Four Acts Mouly SURYA Rama ADI
Fauzan ZIDNI
16 A Means to an End YU LikWai YU LikWai
Francois DA SILVA
China France, Hong Kong
17 No One Else IGUCHI Nami TANAKA Miyuki Japan
18 Photographer’s boy JEON Soo-il JEON Soo-il
KU Jae-jun
19 The Princess Spring Guillaume GIOVANETTI Turkey France
20 Second Breath MIN Yongkeun SHIM Hyunwoo Korea
21 ZHANG Miaoyan Guillaume DE SEILLE China France
22 Smoke on the Water TOMINA Tetsuya HATANAKA Mina Japan
23 Sunrise Adilkhan YERZHANOV Olga KHLASHEVA Kazakhstan
24 Swallow LEESONG Heeil KIM Ilkwon Korea
25 The Sweet Requiem Ritu SARIN
Tenzing SONAM
Ritu SARIN India UK
26 Tuition LEI Yuan Bin TAN Bee Thiam Singapore
27 Unlosable Rusudan CHKONIA MichelleYEH Taiwan
28 Venice Rusudan CHKONIA Rusudan CHKONIA
29 The Wasted Land Eddie CAHYONO Ifa ISFANSYAH
30 Yellow Apples Shahram MOKRI Mohammad ATEBBAI Iran
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