Pusan organizers announce Plan films
30 films for 2008, with particular focus on AsiaSEOUL -- Organizers of the 11th annual Pusan Promotion Plan have announced 30 films from 17 countries that will be showcased in this year's project development market.
Helmers represented by the projects include such high-profile Asian directors as Lee Chang-dong ("Secret Sunshine"), Choi Dong-hoon ("Tazza"), Yamashita Nobuhiro ("Linda Linda Linda"), Lee Sang-il ("Hula Girls") and Chang Tso-chi ("The Best of Times").
PPP, which runs alongside the Pusan International Film Festival, features fewer projects this year -- down slightly from last year's 35 -- but organizers said that this year's 200 applications were more than ever.
This year also sees a greater emphasis on Asian and particularly Korean films, with a new high for international co-productions.
In addition, this year's project market will feature the first animated film at PPP, Oh Sung-yoon's "YIPSAK -- A Chicken Wild."
Modeled on Cinemart project market at the International Film Festival of Rotterdam, PPP is designed to introduce talented Asian filmmakers and offer investment and co-production opportunities to the film industry.
PPP runs Oct. 3-6, as part of the Asian Film Market. PIFF, the largest film festival in Asia, is set for Oct. 2-10.
A complete list of the PPP films follows:
"Arrested Memories," Sabu, Korea/Japan
"Black and White Photos," Haolun Shu, China/France
"A Brand New Life" (working title), Ounie Lecomte, Korea/France
"The Bride," Mona Zandi, Iran
"The Bright Way," Marat Sarulu, Kazakhstan
"Crawling at Night," Kimi Takesue, U.S.
"Devil's Rock," Rusudan Chkonia, Georgia
"Eugenia," Bum-shik Jung, Korea
"Executioner Garden," Yuan Zhang, China
"A Father," Lu Zhang, Korea
"Forget-me-not," Yasmin Ahmad, Japan/Malaysia
"How are you, Dad?" Tso Chi Chang, Taiwan
"I Am Dan Ba," Viet Linh Nguyen, Vietnam
"Jeon Woo Chi," Dong-hoon Choi, Korea
"Leaving the Peninsula Behind," Sang-il Lee, Japan
"A Long Afternoon Nap," Tao Chen, China
"The Lullabies," Manijeh Hekmat, Iran
"My Back Page," Nobuhiro Yamashita, Japan
"Our Grand Despair," Seyfi Teoman, Turkey
"Pinoy Sunday," Wi Ding Ho, Philippines/Taiwan
"Quari," Eunhee Cho, Korea
"Running Across Beijing," Shangjun Cai, China
"Sacred Warriors," Zero Chou, Taiwan
"Sandcastle," Jun Feng Boo, Singapore
"Snow," Kongdej Jaturanrasmee, Thailand
"Stranger," Simon Rumley, U.K.
"The Sunrise," Partho Sen-Gupta, India
"Two Dragglers," Wen Zhu, China
"YIPSAK-A Chicken Wild," Sung-yoon Oh, Korea
Lee Chang-dong project, Lee Chang-dong, Korea