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266 Films from 63 Nations Await Fans at PIFF

2004/09/14 Source

The invited films, guest people and official program of the Pusan (also spelled Busan) International Film Festival were revealed to the public Monday. The festival is known as the most dynamic film festival in Asia.
This year's PIFF will be the largest festival ever and 266 films from 63 different nations will be on screen for fans. "2046" by a Hong Kong director Wong Kar Wei is the opening film and "The Scarlet Letter" by Korean producer Daniel H. Byun is the closing film.

In a press conference, the PIFF's organizing committee said, "The festival will be held from Oct. 7 to Oct. 15 at 17 screens in Busan, including the 10 screens of Megabox Haeundae and three screens of Daeyoung Cinema, Nampo-dong".

The PIFF's opening and closing ceremonies will be held as a field screening at Olympic Yacht Stadium, Suyoung-man, Busan, on Oct. 7 and Oct. 15 respectively.

Invited figures, such as opening film "2046"'s director Wong Kar Wei and hero Tony Leung Chiu Wai, Greek movie maestro Theo Angelopoulos, Chinese actress Zhang Ziyi, Japanese director Shunji Iwai of " Love Letter " and Dede Nickerson of U.S. Miramax, will attend the festival.

Including the opening film, Wong Kar Wei's "2046", 266 films from 63 different nations have been prepared for fans this year.

Movies of Korean directors will be introduced in the "Korean Panorama" section. Many international producers' films are to be shown, including 61st Venice International Film Festival's Silver Lion for Best Director winner Kim Ki-duk's "Empty House". Other famous Korean producers such as Im Kwon-taek, Park Chan-wook and Hong Sang-soo's films will be on screen for the public as well.

"Meenaxi: Tale of 3 Cities" by Indian director M. F. Husain, "Lakeside Murder Case" by Japanese producer Aoyama Shinji are two of the films that will be shown in the "A Window on Asian Cinema" and "New Currents" sections.

Other sections such as "World Cinema", "Wide Angle", "Open Cinema" and "Critics' Choice" have been prepared as well. World movies -- except Asian ones -- will be shown in the "World Cinema" section, including films such as U.S. director Richard Linklater's "Before Sunset" and French producer Claire Denis' "The Intruder". Those watching "Open Cinema" must understand that they will see the movies outdoors. "Wide Angle" will show documentary films such as "Repatriation" by Kim Dong-won, and films especially chosen by movie critics will be shown in the "Critics' Choice" section.

A "Retrospective on Theo Angelopoulos" will also be held that introduces the great Greek film maker's 12 films.

Nine films co-produced by Korea and Hong Kong between the 1950s and 1980s will also be shown.

11 German movies are to be introduced in the "German Panorama" section, jointly organized by PIFF and Goethe Institut of Seoul.

Through the "Ani Asia" corner, visitors will be able to see feature animations of Indonesia, Hong Kong and Taiwan.

Online ticket purchases of the opening and closing film take place from 6:00 p.m. Friday to Saturday. Ordinary tickets will be sold online and at all the branches of Pusan Bank from Sept. 23 to Oct. 15.

In particular, a new program called "Fifty Plus", for elderly film goers in their 50s, has been introduced for this year's PIFF.

Fans who are older than fifty may purchase tickets for the opening and closing films by visiting the main office of Pusan Bank, from 6:00 p.m. Friday.

300 tickets of the opening and closing films (600 in total) will be sold on a first come-first serve basis -- each person will be allowed to purchase only two tickets. For more information, call 1688-3010 or contact to

Jang Jun-sung

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