Busan Pitching Event Announces 10 Books for Film Adaptations

The 2011 hit film "Silenced" is based on a novel by South Korean novelist Gong Ji Young.

The selection includes the latest work by the author of the hit South Korean book-turned-film 'Silenced'

Busan International Film Festival organizers have announced the 10 projects that will be presented at an October pitching event for publishers, producers and filmmakers wishing to turn printed content into movies.

The third Book to Film, to take place Oct. 6 during the South Korean film festival, will provide pitching opportunities for veteran novelists Gong Ji Young and Sung Suk-je, among others.

Gong is known for penning the original novel that inspired the 2011 hit film Silenced, which inspired local authorities to re-investigate the true child abuse case that the work chronicles. The author will present her latest work Azure Ladder. Sung, whose Dance With the Wind was adapted onto the big screen by director Park Jeong-woo, will return with The Invisible Man.

The 13th Month by Chon Minsik and The Judas Star by Do Jin-ki are also novels seeking film collaborators that touch upon various social issues in Korea.

This year's selection features a diverse range of other genres including the historical epic The King's Code by Joo Jin, the young adult novel Running in May by Kim Hae-won, the baseball comic Like Wolf by Lee Se-hyung and the web cartoon (popularly called "webtoon" in Korea) I Saw You by Choi Eunchul/Kang Taeyoub.

The 19th Busan Film Festival will open Oct. 2-11, presenting 301 films from 70 countries.

 

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