Busan Film Fest to Mark 20th Year with Top 100 Asian Films

      September 25, 2015 10:59

      More than 300 films from 75 countries will be screened during the annual Busan International Film Festival, which starts its 10-day run on Oct. 1 in the southern port city.

      The Indian film "Zubaan," directed by Mozez Singh, will open this year's festival. The film is about a young man's search for his true self. Closing the festival will be the Chinese melodrama "Mountain Cry," directed by Larry Yang. Set in a remote village, the film revolves around a young villager and a widow who fall in love.

      Tickets for both films sold out as soon as they went on sale.

      A scene from "Youth" (2015), an Italian film directed by Paolo Sorrentino about two old friends who take a vacation together in an elegant hotel at the foot of the Alps

      To celebrate the festival's 20th anniversary this year, organizers have compiled a list of 100 Asian films. The top 10 films, which include "Tokyo Story" by Yasujiro Ozu, "Rashomon" by Akira Kurosawa and "A City of Sadness" by Hou Hsiao-Hsien, will be screened during the festival.

      Among the stars and celebrities expected to attend the festival are French actress Sophie Marceau, Chinese actress Tang Wei, German actress Nastassja Kinski and Hollywood actor Harvey Keitel.

      Renowned directors such as Bahman Ghobadi ("A Flag Without a Country") and Leos Carax ("Bad Blood") will also visit Busan for the event.

      Some 813 volunteers are preparing to welcome visitors from around the world to the festival. For more information, visit the festival's website at www.biff.kr.

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