[BIFF] Foreign Films on the Loose
The Thai Princess is coming to Busan!
The 16th Busan International Film Festival (BIFF) opened its doors for many eager moviegoers on October 6, and is playing host not only to various Korean films, but also many events for foreign films and their respective countries’ culture.
Thai Film Night will be held on October 11, at the Western Chosun Hotel Orchid Hall, with Princess Ubolratana Rajakanya Sirivadhana Barnavadi, Princess and actress of Thailand, presiding over the scene. The event is being held to advertise the Thai film industry, while also trying to increase joint investments and negotiations between Korea and Thailand. Princess Ubolratana Rajakanya will be going onstage herself to introduce the Thai film industry.
Princess Ubolratana Rajakanya is the eldest daughter of the much respected King of Thailand, King Bhumibol, and starred as the lead actress in films Where the Miracle Happens (2008) and My Best Bodyguard (2010).
Director Apichatpong Weerasethakul, of the Thai film Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives, which won the Golden Palm last year at the Cannes Film Festival, will also be present for Thai Film Night. Along with the appearances of these top figures, the show will be accompanied by shadow shows, cocktail shows and Thai performances.
The Canadian Embassy will be the first Embassy to have a national display in Haeundae’s BIFF Village. On October 7, at the Paradise Hotel, the Canadian Embassy will host the Canadian Spotlight event. Actor Choi Min Soo’s wife, Miss Korea Kang Ju Eun, will be emceeing the event.
Director and producer Niv Fichman, the man behind more than 200 films including Blindness (2008), Silk (2007) and The Red Violin (1998), will be representing the Canadian film industry.
The Screen Austalia event will introduce Australian film to the Korean public. The event will be held on October 10, at the Busan Aquarium, and will introduce the Australian films being screened at this year’s BIFF.