Pinoy works to be shown at 22nd Busan International Film Festival » Manila Bulletin Entertainment


The 22nd Busan International Film Festival (BIFF) has announced the line-up of movies that will screened at this year’s event and it includes Filipino film projects.

(Clockwise from top) Scenes from ‘Those Long Haired Nights,’ ‘Smaller and Smaller Circles,’ !Sea Serpent’ and ‘The Decaying’ (Photos: BIFF)

A total of 298 films from 75 countries will be shown at the BIFF, which will run from October 12 to 21 in Busan, South Korea. There will be 100 world and 29 international premieres consisting of feature and short films.

For the first time, works by female filmmakers will open and close the festival.

“Glass Garden,” directed by Shin Suwon and starring Korean actress Moon Geun-young, will be the opening film while Taiwanese director Sylvia Chang’s “Love Education” will close the festival.

There are 55 works that will be showcased in the “A Window on Asian Cinema” category.

One of them is “Those Long Haired Nights,” a film by Filipino director Gerardo Calagui and executive producer Manny Marinay, which will have its world premiere at the festival. The movie stars Rocky Salumbides, Mon Confiado, Anthony Falcon and Matt Daclan.

“Loosely based on true events, three transgender women, hopeless romantic Tuesday, wise Amanda and recklessly ambitious Barbie share a chaotic night of misguided love, a christening and drug dealing on the road to realizing their dreams in Manila’s red light Burgos district,” according to BIFF’s description of the film.

Also included under Asian Cinema are Filipino films “Sea Serpent” by Joseph Israel Laban, “Smaller and Smaller Circles” by Raya Martin and “The Decaying” by Sonny Calvento.

Works by Filipino filmmakers included in the Wide Angle category are “In the Claws of a Century Wanting” by Jewel Maranan, “Suerte” by Carlo Fajarda and “Jodilerks Dela Cruz, Employee of the Month” by Carlo Francisco Manatad.

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