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European Cinema Out in Force in Busan

The Courage

European titles make up than a quarter of films screening at top Korean film festival this year.

COLOGNE, Germany  -- European art house cinema returns with a vengeance to the Busan International Film Festival, with more than a quarter of the 307 films screening at the Korean event coming from Europe.

Four Euro titles: The Courage from Poland's Greg Zglinski; French/Canadian co-production Memories Corner by director Audrey Fouche; The Idiot, Rainer Sarnet's Estonian adaptation of Dostoyevsky's classic novel and refugee incarceration tale Down There - A Criminal Education from Italy's Guido Lombardi will compete for Busan's Flash Forward Award, given to young non-Asian directors.

European Film Promotion (EFP) is again supporting European talent, flying in several directors, including Denmark's Ole Christian Madsen whose romantic comedy Superclasico bows in Busan and Germany's Marcus O. Rosenmuller, who's screening his award-winning WWII period tale Child Prodigies.

The EFP will also have an umbrella stand at Busan's Asian Film Market where firms such as France's Celluloid Dreams, EuropaCorp, Bac Films and WIDE Management, Scandinavia's TrustNordisk and The Yellow Affair and Beta Cinema, Films Boutique, m-appeal and Sola Media will hawk their wares.

The Busan International Film Festival runs from Oct. 6-14.