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BIFF Announces its 2013 Lineup

The Bhutanese film Vara: A Blessing, starring Shahana Goswami and Devesh Ranjan has been selected to open the 18th Busan International Film Festival, which gets underway October 3rd. The story revolves around a young woman and her mother, a temple dancer wed to a Hindu god, who find themselves on the fringes of society struggling to make ends meet when they meet a low-caste village boy with dreams of becoming a sculptor in the city and asks Lila to model for him, beginning a risky relationship between the pair.

This year’s event is slightly smaller than last year, but no less exciting with 301 movies from 70 countries, including 95 films making their debut, 69 of which are features. There are also 42 international premieres set for the festival.

There will be strong presence of films by young emerging Asian filmmakers, so expect this year’s edition to better reflect the Busan Film Festival’s identity, said festival director Lee Yong-kwan at today’s opening press conference.

This year’s recipients of the coveted Handprinting ceremony include Taiwanese actor Jimmy Wang Yu, Irish filmmaker Jim Sheridan, and Korean director Im Kwon-taek.

Currently scheduled to appear at the 18th edition of the festival include Japanese actors Ken Watanabe and Nishijima Hidetoshi, Japanese singer/actress Maeda Atsuko, Portuguese director Edgar Pera and Hong Kong actor Aaron Kwok, who will moderate the opening ceremony.

The Dinner by Korean filmmaker Kim Dong-hyun was chosen to close the festival, which will complete its ten day run October 12th.


The 18th version of the Busan International Film Festival is nearing its return, and we at Busan Haps are here to give you everything you need to know about what’s going on at the festival. From ticket information, movie reviews, to where and what to see around the festival, we’ve got you covered with the Busan Haps BIFF Guide. Every year, around 200,000 film aficionados descend upon the city to the ten day movie extravaganza. This year promises to be bigger and better, and we’ll keep you updated as the information comes in on the latest happenings on the festival.

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