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Busan unveils 2016 programme

This year’s Busan International Film Festival has revealed its programme. 301 feature and short films from 69 countries are named, of which 96 will have their world premieres in Busan.

The festival will open with the world premiere of Zhang Lu’s A Quiet Dream (pictured, top). No NZ titles are selected.

Although a considerable number of Korean titles have been named in the line-up, the extent of Korean industry attendance at the festival remains unclear. Heavy-handed political interference in the festival following its 2014 screening of The Truth Shall Not Sink With Sewol led to the Korean industry announcing a boycott of this year’s festival. Last month guilds and organizations voted on a motion to lift the boycott, but the motion wasn’t carried.

Among the Korean titles named is Cannes-premiered Agassi (The Handmaiden) (pictured, top) from Park Chan-wook. Park was one of several filmmakers who said earlier this year they would not screen their films at the festival without assurances of its independence. Also selected is Picture of Hell, from Park Kiyong, who worked in NZ and made the NZIFF-premiered Moving following the earthquakes in Christchurch.

Picture of Hell

Picture of Hell

The Busan International Film Festival will run 6 – 15 October. Accompanying industry events include the Asian Film Market (8 – 11 October) and Asian Project Market (9 – 11 October).

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