Busan Film Fest's Asian Project Market Announces Selections

Naomi Kawase

The Busan International Film Festival’s signature art house film financing event is headlined by new projects from Mohsen Makhmalbaf, Naomi Kawase, Kim Jee-woon and other internationally reputed auteurs.

SEOUL – Mohsen Makhmalbaf, Naomi Kawase and Kim Jee-woon, among other top Asian filmmakers, will headline the 2013 Asian Project Market (APM), the indie film financing event that runs in conjunction with the Busan International Film Festival in October.

Makhamalbaf will present The President at APM, in addition to showing his film Ongoing Smile about Busan Festival founder Kim Dong-ho at the festival, which opens Oct. 3-12 in the South Korean port city. APM runs Oct. 7-10.

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The President is among 11 films -- out of APM’s total of 30 works -- that are designed to be international joint ventures before they add new finance, sales, and/or distribution partners. Others include anticipated Korea-Japan collaboration Thousand Weeds by Ounie Lecomte (A Brand New Life) and Qatar-U.S.-Netherlands production Marjoun and the Flying Headscarf by Susan Youssef.

This year’s selection also includes a rare English remake of the Korean film End of Animal, which is being directed by Eron Sheean and has already received partial funding from Screen Australia.

Big names taking part in the event include Wayne Wang and Mostofa Sarwar Farooki, whose comedy, Television, closed last year’s Busan Festival.

Others include Indonesia’s emerging indie director Edwin and Korean-Chinese filmmaker Zhang Lu, (who were both recently invited to make shorts for Korea’s Jeonju Film Festival), as well as Korea’s Sundance winner O Muel (Jiseul) and Yeon Sangho, the noted creator of the dark adult animation The King of Pigs.

Full list of APM 2013 Official Selection:

Ant Story (Bangladesh) dir: Mostofa Sarwar Farooki

Back to the North (China) dir: Liu Hao
Children of the Sun (Sri Lanka) dir: Prasanna Vithanage
Dawn (Latvia / Estonia) dir: Laila Pakalnina
Ember (Turkey) dir: Zeki Demirkubuz
End of Animal (Australia) dir: Eron Sheean
Exotic Pictures (Indonesia / Netherlands /Germany) dir: Edwin
The Fireflies (Thailand) dir: Tongpong Chantarangkul
Gyeongju (Korea) dir: Zhang Lu
Have a Nice Trip! (Korea / China) dir: Lee Seo
Island News (Japan / Iran) dir: Yuichi Tazawa
Jannat (Korea / U.A.E. / Canada) dir: Maryam Najafi
Jin Roh: The Wolf Brigade (Korea) dir: Kim Jee-woon
The Kochebi (Korea) dir: Yoo Ji-tae
Marjoun and the Flying Headscarf (Qatar / U.S. / Netherlands) dir: Susan Youssef
Monkey’s Mask (Indonesia) dir: Garin Nugrohq
OTS Virus Project (Korea) dir: Kang Yikwan
P – 048 (Thailand) dir: Kongdej Jaturanrasmee
The President (Iran / Georgia) dir: Mohsen Makhmalbaf
Samuel over the Rainbow (The Philippines) dir: Benito Bautista
The Sea of Recalls the Soul after Death (Korea) dir: O Muel
Seoul Station (Korea) dir: Yeon Sangho
Sex Appeal (Taiwan / Hong Kong) dir: Wang Wei-ming
Subtraction (Iran) dir: Mani Haghighi
Sweet Red Bean Paste (Japan) dir: Naomi Kawase
Thousand Weeds (Korea / Japan) dir: Ounie Lecomte
When Mirza Comes Back (India / Lithuania) dir: Kamal K.M.
While The Women Are Sleeping (Japan / U.S.) dir: Wayne Wang
The Window (Iraq / U.K. / U.A.E.) dir: Koutaiba Al-Janabi
The Wounded Angel (Kazakhstan) dir: Emir Baigazin