The 25th Busan International Film Festival is set to open with the world premiere of Septet: The Story Of Hong Kong, directed by Sammo Hung, Ann Hui, Patrick Tam, Yuen Wo Ping, Johnnie To, Ringo Lam and Tsui Hark.
The omnibus film, which received a Cannes 2020 label, was initiated by To as a tribute to his home city and shot on film in honour of the golden age of Hong Kong cinema, during which all seven of the directors first emerged. The segment directed by Ringo Lam is the late director’s last project.
The festival will close with animation Josee, The Tiger And The Fish, director Tamura Katoro’s remake of Inudo Isshin’s 2003 cult favourite of the same name.
BIFF festival director Jay Jeon said: “Due to Covid-19, we have drastically scaled back 80% of our screens but will try our best to hold a physical festival for the precious 192 films from 68 countries that filmmakers sent us. We will hold Q&As with audiences through live Zoom calls.”
Each film will be only be screened once (compared to the two or three times each film was screened last year) as the event will use the single venue of the Busan Cinema Center and its five screens. Current Covid-19 Stage 2 regulations state indoor screenings can admit up to 49 people and outdoors screenings can admit up to 99 people.
Organizers expressed the hope that the situation would improve by mid-October when ticketing opens so that more seats could be made available.
The line-up has also been reduced from the 299 films selected from 85 countries in 2019.
BIFF festival chairman Lee Yong-kwan said: “We have been preparing against all possibilities with the Covid-19 situation since May, but circumstances suddenly worsened after August and we wondered if we would indeed be able to open the festival at all. With the variable of Chuseok, and the strict situation, we decided to postpone to October 21 to allow as much time as possible. It was unavoidable for us.”
As announced last week, the festival has been pushed back a fortnight to run October 21-30 in order to give enough time after the traditionally major migratory holiday of Chuseok to see how much the number of Covid-19 cases is affected afterwards. They also stated that the festival could be cancelled altogether if things worsened.
Juries, which have yet to be announced, will judge the films online. When asked if awards would not be issued if festival screenings were cancelled, organizers admitted they needed time to consider this prospect as audience awards would certainly be cancelled but perhaps not the others.
The Asian Contents & Film Market (ACFM) will run online from October 26-28 along with the Asian Project Market, E-IP Market and Asia Contents Awards. These will all go ahead even if the festival is cancelled.
BIFF programme director Nam Dong-chul noted the festival has selected a raft of films from acclaimed directors such as recent Venice award winner Kurosawa Kiyoshi’s Wife Of A Spy, Amos Gitai’s Laila In Haifa, which also screened at Venice, and Tsai Ming-Liang’s Days, which played in competition at the Berlinale.
He added the event will showcase breakout films such as Minari from Korean-American director Lee Isaac Chung, starring Steven Yeun, Han Yeri, and Youn Yuh-jung, which won the US Grand Jury Prize and audience award at Sundance; Heidi Ewing’s I Carry You With Me, which also screened at Sundance and won the NEXT Innovator Award; and Mohammad Rasoulof’s There Is No Evil, winner of the Berlinale’s Golden Bear.
Busan will screen 23 out the 56 films that received a Cannes label earlier this year after the festival in France was cancelled due to the pandemic. These include Wei Shujun’s Striding Into The Wind; the restored version of Wong Kar Wai’s In The Mood For Love; Francis Lee’s Ammonite, starring Saoirse Ronan and Kate Winslet; actor Viggo Mortensen’s directorial debut, Falling; Disney and Pixar’s latest animation, Soul; and Thomas Vinterberg’s Another Round.
Nam also made note of several sophomore films from Korean directors who had strong debuts such as Lee Chungryoul’s Cicada, Jéro Yun’s Fighter, Shin Dong-il’s Days Of Green, Kim Jongkwan and Jang Kunjae’s Vestige, and Lee Seung-won’s Three Sisters.
Organisers pledged strict safety measures such as social distancing and sanitation. Ticket sales will be conducted solely online, and tickets will be issued on mobile with QR codes that make it easier to keep track of who saw what and where, and to make it easier to contact those if necessary.
‘Remember the Audience is Vast and Diverse’
Journalist and podcaster Sonari Glinton asked panelists Wednesday at TheWrap’s “Building Inclusion from Within roundtable: Using Your platform for Change” to give two pieces of advice – one for executives and for the people of color that are trying to find their way into the industry.
“I would say to executives actually look at the numbers, 44% of the globe speaks English and they look like this panel. Remember the audience is vast and and diverse.”
“I would say to the people that entering in no one is holding your opportunity, you’re holding it,” says actor and producer William Catlett. “Be relentless in creating and the door will open for you.”
On what advice Catlett would give executives, “Hang out with more brothers, hang out with more sisters. You will find out that you have more in common than you do not have in common.”
“Good people don’t always look like you,” added Catlett.
Social entrepreneur and conscious content creator Jlove Calderon to executives “What side of history do you want to be on?” and to people who are trying to come up “what you believe you create, so stay in your highest consciousness and if you are a creator, create.”
Comedian and podcaster Maz Jabroni’s advice to executives “Don’t be lazy if you’re looking for talent or you’re on YouTube, find someone who doesn’t look like you. Check out their material, check out their podcast. You’re going to find a lot of talent out there that you didn’t know existed.”
In terms of what advice he offers up and comers “There is no reason not to create. You hit record on your camera and you’re a star.”
Actor, producer, and television personality Kalen Allen’s advice to executives, “Look at the material, look at the numbers, look at the receipts, and hire people of color in decision making positions and make sure they’re given a voice in the room and at the table.”
Allen’s advice to content creators “Build a brand, and build a platform that can sustain itself without the approval of somebody else. Create something that can stand on its own because if you do that then it will be able to last forever, if you create something that is dependent on somebody giving you a yes or a no, baby that ain’t the way to go.”
Film producer Effie T. Brown’s advice for person that is coming into the business “You need to know your what and your why.”
“What you want to do, and why you want to do it, and sometimes that may change as you get older, but you need to be very clear about that,” added Brown.
On advice for executives, “With love in my heart, I want you to take a deep breath and I want you to realize that change is upon us. Whether we like it or not, it it is happening. We can not stop it, it is inevitable and the world is no longer domestic and small. The world is global. The world is bigger than just black and white.”
For over a decade, TheWrap’s The Grill event series has led conversations on the convergence between entertainment, media and technology, bringing together newsmakers to debate the challenges and opportunities facing content in the digital age.
TheWrap has created a digital-first experience for TheGrill 2020. This year’s event will focus on the future of theatrical, streaming revolution, building inclusion from within and the growth in podcasting and gaming. Attendees will have access to keynotes, panel conversations, roundtable discussions and virtual networking.
/Filmcast Ep. 585 – The Devil All the Time
David, Devindra, and Jeff talk about the winners and losers at this year’s virtual Emmys. For the feature review, the cast goes over The Devil All the Time, the latest Netflix movie directed by Antonio Campos.
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This week saw the death of fan favorite movie artist Ron Cobb, designer on such films as Alien, Conan the Barbarian and Star Wars, at the age 83. ComingSoon.net had the chance to speak 1:1 with Back to the Future writer/producer Bob Gale for the forthcoming October 20 4K blu-ray release, and he talked to us about working with the late Ron Cobb on the iconic design for the time traveling DeLorean. Check out the touching and insightful look at Cobb’s work in the video below!
Click here to pre-order the Back to the Future: The Ultimate Trilogy 4K boxed set!
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Great Scott! In 1985, Director Robert Zemeckis, Executive Producer Steven Spielberg and Producer/Screenwriter Bob Gale embarked on a three-part journey through time that broke box-office records worldwide and catapulted Back to the Future into one of the most beloved trilogies in motion picture history. Universal Pictures Home Entertainment celebrates the 35th Anniversary of the groundbreaking first film with Back to the Future: The Ultimate Trilogy available on 4K Ultra HD for the first time ever on October 20, 2020 – just in time to celebrate “Back to the Future Day” on October 21!
This collection is loaded with bonus material including a bonus disc that comes with over an hour of brand-new content such as rare audition footage from Hollywood stars Ben Stiller, Kyra Sedgwick, Jon Cryer, Billy Zane, Peter DeLuise and C. Thomas Howell, a tour of the film’s props and memorabilia hosted by co-writer/producer Bob Gale, a sneak peek at the new musical show, and a special episode of the popular YouTube Series “Could You Survive The Movies?” Join Marty McFly (Michael J. Fox), Doc Brown (Christopher Lloyd) and a time traveling DeLorean for the adventure of a lifetime as they travel to the past, present and future, setting off a time-shattering chain reaction that disrupts the space-time continuum!
Back to the Future: The Ultimate Trilogy will include all three movies in collectible discbook packaging plus a bonus disc including all-new bonus content. For the first time, the past, present and future collide in eye-popping Ultra HD resolution for a time-traveling celebration. New 4K Ultra HD and Blu-ray™ deliver the highest quality picture, more colors than ever before, and immersive, multi-dimensional sound. From filmmakers Steven Spielberg, Robert Zemeckis and Bob Gale, this unforgettable 35th anniversary collection features hours of bonus features and is an unrivaled trilogy that stands the test of time making this a must-own for everyone’s movie library. All three Back to the Future films will also be available on 4K Ultra HD digitally for the first time ever and Back to the Future: The Ultimate Trilogy will also be available on DVD.
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Three premium collections will be available at select retailers for a limited time only:
BACK TO THE FUTURE 35TH ANNIVERSARY TRILOGY LIMITED EDITION GIFT SET (4K UHD): Includes exclusive levitating Hoverboard replica (Amazon Exclusive)
BACK TO THE FUTURE 35TH ANNIVERSARY TRILOGY LIMITED EDITION GIFT SET (Blu-ray): Includes exclusive levitating Hoverboard replica (Target Exclusive)
BACK TO THE FUTURE 35TH ANNIVERSARY LIMITED EDITION TRILOGY (4K UHD): Includes three newly designed steelbooks (Best Buy Exclusive)
For more information on these exclusives, please visit the individual retailer’s stores and websites.
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