The 21st Busan International Film Festival (BIFF) has finally kicked off with Zhang Lu’s A Quiet Dream; ahead of the opening night, there was a press conference for the film which was attended by the film director Lu himself, Yang Ik-june (an actor and a director, known for his independent film productions) and Lee Joo-young; on top of that, Han Ye-ri, a charismatic and innocent looking young actress who is slowly but surely climbing up the acting ladder, also attended.

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Director Zhang Lu (middle) with the cast of ‘A Quiet Dream’

And this is when the party started. Maggie on a ladder (that she stole, a.k.a. was lent to her by one of the official festival photographers – the sad reality of a short person) in the right corner and Sanja, equipped with her Cannon and her serious business face in the left corner – forget about film critics, the mood was more like that of the OK! magazine paparazzi.

All red carpet guests were greeted by the BIFF founder, Kim Dong-ho, and Kang Soo-youn, the current director of BIFF.

Kang Soo-young and Kim Dong-ho  & one of the presenters, Han Hyo-joo

The red carpet shined today with talents from all over the world, while our team was most excited to see Kim Ki-duk (hear Maggie scream) and Ken Watanabe (Sanja kept her cool). You can see some of the other familiar/famous faces below and more on our Facebook page.

The opening itself was very entertaining and the opening film A Quiet Dream was received positively by the audience. With this start, we are excited for the next 9 days of the festival!

Kim Ki-duk      Ken Watanabe and Lee Sang-il

Bae Jung-ok and Seo Jung-yeon (In Between Seasons) & On Joon-wan (Baby Beside Me)

Yoon Jin-seo and Oh Ji-ho (Coffee Mate) & Lee Yi-kyung and Jeong Yeon-joo (Baby Beside Me)

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Bustling Busan Cinema Centre auditorium

Written by Maggie Gogler and Sanja Struna

All photos © Sanja Struna

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About View of the Arts

We are enthusiasts of the arts, passionate about cinema, theatre, and literature. Maggie is a freelance film producer, production manager and she also works with children. Sanja is a freelance translator, occasional writer and a perpetual dreamer. Film is her first and longest-lasting love. Roxy is an Arts Journalist, who writes for several magazines and websites.

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