PIFF honoring Morricone, Greenaway


Composer Ennio Morricone and British director Peter Greenaway will be honored for their movie careers at the 12th annual Pusan International Film Festival, which starts Thursday.

Morricone, known for his some 400 movie scores -- including those for "The Good, the Bad and the Ugly" and "The Mission" -- will be a special PIFF guest for tonight's opening gala.

Following the opening film, "Assembly," by China's Feng Xiaogang, Morricone will participate in a PIFF tradition -- the hand printing ceremony -- moved to the opening night for the first time this year.

Greenaway will teach a master class Tuesday and will join in a hand printing ceremony of his own later that day. He also will be on hand to answer questions after the Asian premiere of his latest film, "Nightwatching."

Other guests to be honored with handprints this year are Volker Schlondorff ("The Tin Drum"), Claude Lelouch ("A Man and a Woman") and Dariush Mehrjui ("Baanoo").

PIFF runs through Oct. 12.