Busan Film Festival: Good Numbers, Great MemoriesMovies. How we love them. If we were to count the ways, how about 143,103? That's the number of people the Busan International Film Festival drew during its nine-day run. Tickets to some movies sold out minutes after they went on sale. As the festival approached, train and airplane seats to Busan from Seoul were hard to come by.
Each year, the Busan Film Festival includes several awards. The winner of the festival's main competition, New Currents, which promotes emerging film talents from Asia, was the Korean filmmaker Song Il-gon, who directed "Kkotseom" ("Flower Island"). The Korean Cinema Award goes to an individual who has made outstanding contributions promoting Korean cinema to the world. The award was given to Eva Zaoralova, the artistic director of the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival in the Czech Republic.
To gain a better sense of the nine days, the JoongAng Ilbo English Edition talked to many festivalgoers.
by Inēs Cho, Joe Yong-hee