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Busan International Film Festival’s suffered a lineup leak, with the upcoming October event’s opening title being prematurely unveiled before it was due to be officially announced on Monday.
Word that The Glass Garden by South Korean director Shin Su-won would be opening the 22nd edition of the festival next month quickly spread among film industry insiders earlier this week. Not before long, local media broke the news on Thursday.
“This is very, very unfortunate,” the fest’s PR representative told THR. “We have always had to carry this kind of risk for Korean movies, since everything, all film-related companies, reporters and industry people, is virtually based in Seoul. Even if the fest keeps the lid tight, noted film projects involve so many people. It is difficult to track down how the word got out.”
Confidentiality of an internationally renowned film festival’s lineup is paramount to promoting the event, and a fests’ choice of opening film is particularly anticipated as it sets the tone and vision of a given edition. Last year, A Quiet Dream by Zhang Lu opened the Busan Fest, demonstrating its dedication to supporting the local film industry.
Onlookers view the leak as a devastating blow to the already troubled festival. Busan, the largest and most prestigious in Asia, has faced conflicts with the former administration that forced former festival director Lee Yong-kwan and deputy Jay Jeon to leave. Another founding member of the festival, its head programmer Kim Ji-seok, passed away in May. Last month, chairman Kim Dong-ho and festival director Kang Soo-youn announcement their plans to resign after the end of this year’s event, which opens Oct. 12-21.
Handled by Little Big Pictures, Glass Garden is the latest work by Shin, who won international acclaim for her award-winning 2014 drama Madonna. The mystery drama stars popular actress Moon Geun-young as a scientist studying artificial blood and an obscure novelist (Kim Tae-hoon) who is inspired to write a story while spying on her. A shocking secret is unveiled, however, when his work becomes a best-seller.
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