BIFF introduces 10 official selections from up-and-coming Asian directors to compete in the New Currents section at the 22nd Busan International Film Festival.
Over the past 21 years, the Busan International Film Festival’s New Currents has become a venue to foster promising Asian directors. Numerous young directors were introduced in the New Currents and have presented their names on the world stage to activate their careers. Like previous years, this year’s New Currents will screen world or international premiere films from up-and-coming directors. The 10 official selections from this year’s New Currents provide distinctive perspectives along with various themes found throughout East Asia to Southwest Asia.
New Movement in Greater China: Back to Long Tradition of Independent Films
BIFF has nominated 4 films from Greater China for this year’s New Currents. In contrast to the previous and excessive commercialization of mainstream films, Chinese films have adopted a new way to maintain traditions in independent films.
Somewhere Beyond the Mist by King Wai Cheung pictures conflict and discord between generations with dramatic incidents. It also attracts attention because it is a Hong Kong film selected for New Currents in 7 years.
Other Chinese films are also invited; End of Summer by Zhou Quan depicts friendship between a boy who loves soccer and an old man who lives in his neighborhood, and One Night on the Wharf by Han Dong portrays a terrifying night that community members had to go through on an excursion. The Last Verse by a Taiwanese director Tseng Ying-Ting illustrates a lyrical drama that traces the transitions of a long-term couple experiencing modern times in Taiwan.
2 Projects Selected from Post-Production Fund in Asian Cinema Fund
New Currents adds 2 selections from Post-Production Fund projects in the Asian Cinema Fund for new excitement this year. Ashwatthama by Pushpendra Singh, beautifully captures the anxiety and heart break of a motherless boy told in the limelight of Indian mythology, and Last Child by Shin Dongseok, Choi Mu-seong and Kim Yeo-jin act parents who have ambivalent feelings towards a child who has survived an accident, instead of their own son.
Great advance in Korean Cinema: 3 Films Selected among 10 Selections
Last Child by Shin Dongseok, After My Death by Kim Uiseok and How to Breathe Underwater by Ko Hyunseok are pieces that convincingly tell tragedies in different ways. After My Death is a story about a dead girl and a surviving girl; after the suicide of one girl, a witch hunt follows to find the reason. How to Breathe Underwater shows the tragedies that befall two employees who work for the same company in one day.
In addition, Blockage by Mohsen Gharaei traces the overwhelming chaos that happens to a vicious, despicable man who works as a street vendor control officer, Ajji by Devashish Makhija, shows a strong sense of drama by tracking a grandmother who seeks vengeance for a girl’s rape and other films that provide a refreshing jolt to audiences visiting the 22nd Busan International Film Festival.