Song Il-gon’s “Always” will make its world premiere as the opening night film of the 2011 Busan International Film Festival, which runs October 6-14 in Busan, South Korea. Harada Masato’s “Chronicle of My Mother” will serve as the closing night film.
The festival will also feature the world premiere of the 3D version of Bong Joon-ho’s 2006 film “The Host” as well as Johnnie To’s latest crime film “Life without Principle.”
Among the other highlights: Prachya Pinkaew’s “The Kick” from the producer of “Ong-bak,” Kang Jegyu’s first film in seven years “My Way,” and “Hakuji No Hito,” a true story of how porcelain was introduced during the Japanese Ruling Era.
Directors Kee-duk Kim, Luc Besson and Yonfan and actress Isabelle Huppert will also be honored for their contributions to world cinema in a hand printing ceremony. Besson will screen his new Aung San Suu Kyi biopic “The Lady,” and a special exhibition of videos and images of Huppert will be on display throughout the festival.
More than 300 films will screen at BIFF over the nine day festival, including 89 world premieres. The full schedule can be found here.