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Busan film festival and MovieCollage in Seoul

2011/12/18 | 329 views | Permalink | Source

A special screening program called '2011 Busan International Film Festival with MovieCollage' kicks off at the Apgujeong CGV in Seoul today, to run until Dec. 21. The program will screen 19 highly acclaimed films from this year's Busan festival including Korean films "Jesus Hospital", which won the Directors Guild of Korea (DGK) Award for Best Actress, and "Dangerously Excited", an Asian Cinema Fund (ACF) Post-production Support winner.

All the films in the selection were award-winning films or the hotpicks that received special audience attention at the festival. One of the films highly recommended is "Mourning", directed by Morteza FARSHABAF, which won the New Currents award and the FIPRESCI award at Busan.

Others include director SONO Sion's coming-of-age film"Himizu", based on HURUYA Minoru's manga of the same title but with new tsunami-influenced elements;"We Need to Talk About Kevin", featuring English actress Tilda SWINTON, and directors Jean-Pierre and Luc DARDENNE's newest film "The Kid With a Bike". Four films including "Prince of Tears" from director Yonfan, who had a special retrospective this year, will also screen.

A specialized brand distributor for independent films, CGV MovieCollage signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with BIFF last September regarding "mutual collaboration in pursuit of strengthening Korean cinema's creative juggernaut as well as of promoting the independent film market in Korea".

BIFF Festival Director LEE Yong-kwan said, "We sponsored this special screening program in the expectation for the development and enrichment of Korean cinematic culture to expand the Busan audience experience to a wider independent film market".

CGV MovieCollage manager KANG Ki-myung added, "We hope this program can be a great chance to feel the enthusiasm of the Busan International Film Festival once again".

As a first step of cooperation between CGV MovieCollage and BIFF, a new prize called the CGV MovieCollageAward was launched for the Korean Cinema Today – Vision section at the festival. This year, the first honoree was director Yeon Sang-ho's "King of Pigs".The winner was given the distribution and marketing support in kind of approximately KW30 million (US$26,000). "King of Pigs" is currently on release in theaters.

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