European artists will return to the 27th Busan International Film Festival, which will be held from Oct 5 (Wed) to Oct 14 (Fri), to represent their newest films.
EFP (European Film Promotion) is an international network of film promotion institutes from 37 countries from throughout Europe, each representing their national films and talent abroad. This year, 26 filmmakers from Europe have the chance to be at the 27th Busan International Film Festival for the first time in three years. The directors will shine light on their films and share these with the famously enthusiastic Korean festival audience. The delegation includes established filmmakers which are joined by young talents with their first or second feature films.
Regarding EFP’s visit to the 27th Busan International Film Festival, Huh Moonyung, the festival director confirmed, "We are delighted and grateful to continue our very successful partnership with the EFP. The strong presence of European films and filmmakers at Busan certainly enriches the cultural experience. It is exciting to see more collaborative efforts between Asia and Europe, for which the EFP and BIFF will strive to build strong bridges.”
EUROPE! GOES BUSAN involves participation in the festival’s programme, where renowned French director Alain Guiraudie of the delegation will be presenting ‘Master Class: Discover the Unique and Creative World of the Cineaste Alain GUIRAUDIE’ on Oct 10 (Mon), 2022. Furthermore, Platform BUSAN, a business networking site where Asian filmmakers can share their experiences and maximize solidarity, will match young Asian filmmakers with the European delegation to exchange and discuss ideas around ‘filmmaking in times of fundamental global changes’. Various networking events will open up windows for the Korean and international press to connect with the European filmmakers.
The co-operation between the Asian Project Market (APM), EAVE: TIES THAT BIND, the training programme for European-Asian co-production, and EFP, unites European and Asian producers for an industry and networking programme at the Asian Contents & Film Market. Five producers from Europe will be attending the event.
“EFP is proud to be a long-standing partner of BIFF, not only by making the presence of European talent more visible, but by stimulating the exchange between the professionals from Europe and Asia. Building on our mutual trust over many years, EFP is extremely pleased to join forces to keep the relationship growing,” says Sonja Heinen, Managing Director of EFP.
Among the 26 films represented by the EUROPE! GOES BUSAN delegation, five new cinematic voices will be competing in the festival’s Flash Forward section:
Michal Blaško with his compelling, apprehensive feature debut Victim (Slovak Republic, Czech Republic, Germany), the story of a Ukrainian immigrant Irina who is seeking justice in a racist society; Thunder by Swiss director Carmen Jaquier, a directorial debut which follows a young woman who begins to experience life anew after her sister’s mysterious death, a story of emancipation within oppressive social norms. Alice Diop's extraordinary fiction debut Saint Omer (France) retells a 2016 infanticide case that challenges accepted ideas of perspective, and of subjectivity and objectivity. The winner of the Silver Lion – Grand Jury Prize at the Venice International Film Festival will be presented by its main actress Guslagie Malanda. Michele Vannucci, as one of Italy’s most promising new voices, competes with his second feature Delta, featuring European Shooting Star 2017 Alessandro Borghi, is a modern Western set in the Po delta a region where old and new poverty collide, somewhere between xenophobia and the desperate attempts of amend. French director Clément Cogitore brings to Busan Sons of Ramses, a thrilling and moving urban tale, that follows Ramses, a skillful clairvoyant in the multicultural Parisian district of La Goutte d’Or where he makes a living scamming his clients into believing he can contact the dead until one fateful night he is forced to confront the ghosts of his own past – a story that questions themes of belief and blood ties.
EUROPE! GOES BUSAN is financially supported by the Creative Europe – MEDIA Programme of the European Union and participating EFP member film promotion institutes.