FOCUS ON: BUSAN – BY JAY JEON DIRECTOR OF PRESTIGIOUS FESTIVAL

28. 2. 2020, 00:00
MFF Praha – Febiofest

Asian film has its regular place and stable set of fans at Febiofest. This year’s edition offers a unique perspective on contemporary Asian cinema in the form of a selection made by the programme director of the biggest Asian film festival in Pusan, Jay Jeon.

The prestigious South Korean film showcase will exclusively present the opening and closing films from last year’s edition. The Horse Thief: Roads of Time, a Kazakh-Japanese co-production directed by Yerlan Nurmukhambetov and Lisa Takeba, was the curtain-raiser at the 24th Busan IFF. Focused on the loss of a father and the tough life of a son on the Kazakh steppe, it has frequently been described as a neo-western.

The 2019 Busan festival closed with Moonlit Winter, exploring the co-existence of a mother and daughter, by Korean director Lim Daehyung. After discovering a letter from her mother’s past, the daughter plans a trip to a snow-covered village on the Japanese island of Hokkaido. The pair’s journey and reconciliation against a backdrop of stunning scenery culminates with the revelation of a secret from the mother’s past.

The selection is completed by the drama Light for the Youth, which focuses on the difficult situation of young South Koreans employed at a call centre tellingly named Human Network, where their treatment borders on workplace exploitation.

Jay Jeon

Jay Jeon

 

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