BUSAN, South Korea — The 18th Busan International Film Festival pays tribute to the Korean Master director Im Kwon-taek and presents the Korean Cinema Retrospective â Fly High, Run Far: The Making of Korean Master Im Kwon-taek.
The Im Kwon-taek Retrospective will be the director’s largest retrospective to date with approximately 70 films (excluding lost or decayed films) lined up. Unprecedentedly, the retrospective will open 10 days before the 18th Busan International Film Festival and run for 20 days from September 23 to October 12 at the Busan Cinema Center. His signature films including Mandala (1981), The Surrogate Woman (1986), Fly High, Run Far (1991) will be screened along with his earlier works such as A Wife Turned to Stone (1963), Eagle of the Plains (1969), and Snowing on Grudge Street (1971).
This massive retrospective will feature diverse Guest Visits and lectures with high-profile cineastes. Director Bong Joon-ho, Lee Chang-dong, Hong Sang-soo, as well as actor Kang Sooyeon and Ahn Seonggi will lead in-depth discussion on Im Kwon-taek’s films at the Guest Visits. Renowned film scholars and critics â Dai Jin-hua (Professor, Peking University), David E. James (Professor, University of Southern California), Jean-Michel Frodon (French Film Critic) will each lead a lecture on the topic of Im Kwon-taek’s cinematic world.
The retrospective is catered to both younger audiences who are new to Im Kwon-taek’s films and an older generation of film fans who have grown up watching the director’s numerous films.
Screenings of the films will take place from September 23 through October 12 at the Busan Cinema Center, Cinema 2 and Cinematheque.