Zhang's 'Hawthorn' to open Pusan

PIFF reveals opening, closing films, New Currents

SEOUL -- “Under The Hawthorn Tree,” Zhang Yimou's Chinese revolution love story will open the 15th Pusan International Film Festival, festival organizers said Tuesday, unveiling the opening and closing films and the New Currents competition line-up.

A total of 308 films will be featured during this year's festival, including 103 world premieres and 52 international premieres that make up a major section of the programs.

All 13 films in the New Currents competition for emerging Asian directors are either international premieres or world premieres. Those films will be judged by a jury including Emmy winner Wada Emi; Korean actress Kim Yunjin of the ABC series “Lost”; Taiwan actress Yang Kuei-mei; Camera d'Or-winning director Murali Nair; and Christoph Terechte who leads the International Forum of New Cinema of Berlin Film Festival.

The festival is comprised of 11 categories, including its headline programs such as “Gala Presentation,” introducing the latest works of veteran filmmakers and world premieres; a retrospective of Korean cinema; and a special screening of Czech films to celebrate 20 years of diplomatic relations between South Korea and Czech Republic.

On the market side, the Asian Film Market runs October 10-13 at the Sea Cloud Hotel, and includes a trade show of film commissions and global film companies, along with the Pusan Promotion Plan, the festival’s major project market.

International filmmakers including Oliver Stone and Wada Emi, a Japanese costume designer who worked on Akira Kurosawa’s “Ran,” have confirmed their attendance.

“Camellia,” an omnibus film by three Asian directors – Korea’s Chang Jun-hwan, Japan’s Isao Yukisada and Thailand’s Wisit Sasanatieng – inspired by the sense of place for Busan will close the festival.

New Currents Competition Films:

Ashamed (Korea)
KIM Soo Hyun

Boys into the Night (Korea)
YUN Sung-hyun

Eternity (Thailand)
Floating Lives (Vietnam / Singapore)
NGUYEN Phan Quang Binh

Lover’s Discourse (Hong Kong, China)
Derek TSANG, Jimmy WAN

Memories in March (India)
Sanjoy NAG

Sampaguita, National Flower (Philippines)
Francis Xavier E. Pasion

Strawberry Cliff (Hong Kong, China / United States / France)
Chris CHOW
The Journals of Musan (Korea)
Park Jung-Bum

The Old Donkey (China)
LI Rui Jun

The Quarter of Scarecrows (Iraq)

The Spectacular Theatre (China)
LU Yang
Ways of the Sea (Philippines)
Sheron DAYOC
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