On September 11th (Fri), the Busan International Film Festival announced at its board meeting that it will not proceed with events such as the Opening and Closing Ceremonies, Red Carpet, Outdoor Greeting, and Open Talk in order to prevent crowds from gathering. The decision was made with the safety of audiences and citizens in mind. The Busan International Film Festival plans to focus on film screenings in strict compliance with the government’s preventive guidelines and ensure the safe operation of the festival.
The 25th Busan International Film Festival’s official poster, announced under these circumstances, embodies the spirit of perseverance. The sculpture, representative of the Busan International Film Festival, stands tall above the Busan seashore and watches over the cinematic frontier. It is also reminiscent of a film projector, whose unwavering beam shines on despite hardships. The blue twilight that shrouds the poster represents all of us who awaken the new day with renewed hope.
The poster was created by director Kim Sang-man. It is significant that this year’s poster is the first to be designed by someone currently active in Korean cinema. Kim wears many hats in the film industry: director, art director, and poster artist.
Kim started out as the poster artist for The Contact (1997) and continued to create memorable posters for A Good Lawyer’s Wife (2003), Sympathy for Lady Vengeance (2005), and The Host (2006). He art directed Happy End (1999) and Joint Security Area (2000); and he directed Girl Scout (2008), Midnight F.M. (2010), and The Tenor – Lirico Spinto (2014). He recently gained attention for his poster design for Bong Joon-ho’s Parasite (2019).
The 25th Busan International Film Festival will be held for 10 days from October 21st (Wed) at the Busan Cinema Center.