Busan's Asian Project Market Unveils 2014 Selection

Busan Cinema Center, main venue of BIFF
Busan Cinema Center, main venue of BIFF
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The Asian Project Market (APM), the largest investment and co-production market in Asia, announced its selection of 30 titles from 20 countries. APM will run in conjunction with the Busan International Film Festival (BIFF) that will take place in the South Korean city of Busan in October.

This year's selection includes works by both new and established names in Asian cinema, involving collaborative efforts from regions reputed for their film industry such as France and the U.S. to the more obscure such as Cambodia, Serbia and Bangladesh.

Projects by globally esteemed auteurs include Fowl, a Philippines-France-Germany joint venture by Cannes-winning auteur Brillante Mendoza, and No Land's Man, a Bangladesh-India-U.S.-Australia film by Mostofa Sarwar Farooki, whose previous work Television closed the 2012 edition of BIFF.

New projects by talented producers have also made the cut, including Clair-obscur (Turkey-France) by Marianne Slot, who is known for producing Lars von Trier’s Antichrist, Melancholia and Nymphomaniac. Also included in the selection is the Palestinian project The Flag by Hany Abu-Assad, the Cannes-winning filmmaker of Omar.

Emerging names in Korean cinema will also present their new work: Yeon Sang-ho, the 2012 BIFF triple-crown-winner of The King of Pigs, will take part in APM with The Family Ground (working title), while July Jung, whose debut film A Girl at My Door was invited to Cannes' Un Certain Regard section this year, will showcase Dora (working title).

APM is a co-production market that connects promising film projects to interested investors, and 200 titles have been turned into finished projects since its inception. Asia's top filmmakers, including Kim Ki-duk, Lou Ye, Jia Zhangke and Tsai Ming-liang, have presented their work at the market.

Previous APM projects include Poetry by Lee Chang-dong, winner of the 2010 Cannes Best Screenplay Award; Snowpiercer by Bong Joon-ho, one of Korea's biggest box-office hits; and 2013 Venice Grand Jury Prizewinner Stray Dogs by Tsai Ming-liang.

The 19th Busan Film Festival will run Oct. 2-11, while the Asian Film Market and Asian Project Market that will be held Oct. 5-8.

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