The 26th Busan International Film Festival officially kicked off on Wednesday, with the opening ceremony held at the Busan Cinema Center open-air theater, co-hosted by well-known actors Song Joong-ki and Park So- dam.
Unlike last year, the festival has in-person opening and closing ceremonies as well as a red carpet event.
Although only half of the theater seats are available, the festival will screen each film two or three times on 29 screens in 6 cinemas.
And strict virus prevention measures are in place.
All visitors and participants are required to show that they are fully vaccinated or have tested negative for COVID-19 within the past three days.
This year, a total of 223 films from 70 countries will be screened, and the programmers who selected the films say the lineup exceeds expectations.
“All the films from three representative film festivals Cannes, Berlin and Venice are here, including Titanium, which won the Palme d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival,“ Drive My Car ”, which won Best Screenplay and“ Bad Bad Luck Banging “who received the Golden Bear in Berlin.”
“As of last year, many directors started broadcasting content through OTT platforms, so for the first time in an Asian film festival, we have created an ‘on screen’ section that showcases the series. OTT platforms. “
This year’s opening film was “Heaven: To the Land of Happiness” by director Im Sang-soo, describing the true meaning of happiness through the journey of two men, with veteran actor Choi Min-sik and Park Hae he.
“Although death is a natural occurrence, for this person and their loved ones it is horrible to deal with it. As I got older, I specifically started to think about death, and that was the starting point for this. movie.”
“Of all the characters in my filmography, Nam-sik is a very lovable character that I myself wanted to hug. I was touched by the way he struggles, but manages to live his life.”
“Until October 15, moviegoers, people in the film industry and even world famous directors such as Bong Joon-ho will be in Busan to enjoy a film festival that has returned to normal. Kim Bo -kyoung, Arirang News, Pusan. ”