BUSAN, South Korea – 10 films are announced for the Flash Forward section at the 16th Busan International Film Festival that will start on 6th October. The Flash Forward is a section that introduces and encourages young non-Asian directors and their feature films, and became a competition section in 2009. This year’s selection consists of films from diverse countries including Estonia, Armenia, Russia, and Turkey. The films selected are 10 films that overcame a painful reality to make a successful debut.
Reason for Striving Through the Dark Era
In Courage (Poland), Joan and the Voices (Armenia), Off White Lies (Israel) and MESH (Walking) (Turkey) casted is a dark shadow of family, war and politics. These films illustrate the story about healing or avoiding a tormenting reality in their own way in order to find the reason for the existence. These films function as an indicator to strive through a dark era that is extended to an earnest experience to be learned through screens.
This year’s Flash Forward presents the films with literary yet unique scents. They show the cinematic experimental spirit that disfamiliarizes the familiar. Nuit #1 (Canada), à la a page of Roland Barthes’Fragments d'un discours amoureux, illustrates the cold conversation between a man and a woman after a passionate one-night stand. Memories Corner (France/Canada) soothes the pain of the Kobe earthquake in 1995, remembered by a French journalist. The Idiot (Estonia) is a new film version of the great novel by Dostoevsky that has been cinematized many times in the past
The Odds (Canada), LA-BAS – A Criminal Education (Italy) and My Father is Baryshnikov (Russia) are telling interesting new stories. The Odds artistically develops the juvenile agonies of a young game-addict. LA-BAS – A Criminal Education melts the African immigrant issue into the energy of African Cinema. My Father is Baryshnikov is the story of a teenager who believes that his father is a Bolshoi Ballerino. Dealing with the growth and reality, these films draw the variation of the stories and themes within the existing cinematic convention.
SELECTED FLASH FORWARD
Director Greg ZGLINSKI
Alfred and Jerzy happen to witness a young woman, sexually harassed on a train. Jerzy falls off the train during his attempt to help her. Although Alfred insists that he blacked out when Jerzy got into the accident, the phone-recorded video clip presents drunk Alfred blankly looking at Jerzy. The conflict between people leads to the quest for the truth.
Director Rainer SARNET
The Idiot is a new film version of the great novel by Dostoevsky with the same name that has been cinematized many times in the past. The aggressive behavior of the main character is a confession and provocation about human morality and humiliations. The contemporary mankind is reflected in the journey of one man who pursues good through experiencing the bad.
Joan and the Voices
Director Mikayel VATINYAN
Traveling in Armenia, Joan wants to see the world after war. She climbs mountains and walks through forests and fields to continue on her journey. She walks on the most beautiful yet stumbling road, regardless of whatever happens. There she meets many people, learning and experiencing hope and despair.
LA-BAS – A Criminal Education
Director Guido LOMBARDI
LA-BAS – A Criminal Education is a masterpiece that deals with the issue of immigration; the hottest topic in Italian cinema
, this year. Yssouf leaves for Campania in pursuit of work. There the poor life of immigrants is beyond his imagination; who was once an artist back in their hometown is now a drug dealer. Yssouf enters the life of the gangster after witnessing people’s deaths in the middle of conflicts with local criminal organizations.
Director Audrey FOUCHÉ
It is hard to believe that Memories Corner is the feature debut of Audrey Fouché since it proves her scale and capability of fantastically expressing the realistic materials. A French journalist visits building-crowded Kobe, Japan in pursuit of covering the mysterious phenomenon so-called ‘death by loneliness’ that took place after the Kobe Earthquake in 1995. Interviewing the victims, the journalist travels through experiences that she could never imagine.
Director Shiar ABDI
A disturbed man Xelilo and a 12-year old boy Cengo become friends. When the Turkish military seizes power in 1980, a curfew is imposed on their city. The life of Xelilo and the other Kurds is endangered. This film presents a drama resisting historical violence and illustrates the plight of the Kurdish people in Turkey. Friendship continues even in the middle of a violent reality.
My Father is Baryshnikov
Director Dmitry POVOLOTSKY/ Mark DRUGOI
In 1986’s Moscow, Borya is a teenage student at Moscow State Choreography Academy of the Bolshoi Theater. He believes that world-famous ballerino Mikhail Baryshnikov is his father. Will his idea lead to a dream? Where will his gesture deliver him? The scene of 1980’s Moscow, where the historical context and the fun of growth are entangled, is presented.
Director Anne ÉMOND
Clara, an elementary school teacher in Québec, meets Nikolai, a Ukraine-based artist, and the two have a one-night stand after which they talk about their fears, regrets, disappointments and sense of alienation. The conversation developed after unrelenting sex is still the traditional discourse of love and shows the reason for existence.
Director Simon DAVIDSON
The Odds portrays a 17 year-old Desson Orr, who is in a race to find his best friends’ killer in the world of an illegal gambling ring run by teenagers. Desson happens to realize that there is something above and beyond illegal at a place where teenagers gamble at night. The Odds is a thriller in the shape of a growing film
Off White Lies
Director Maya KENIG
Libby, a teenage girl, has to live with her long-separated father. However, she finds out that her father in Israel is an irresponsible freak and homeless. Shaul, her father, decides to pretend to be a refugee in order to take care of his daughter. Soon the two move into a kind family’s house in Jerusalem, planning a new life there.