Opening Films

Opening Films

The 34th Busan International Short Film Festival presents three films for the opening
First, Canada, this year’s BISFF Guest Country that celebrates the 150th anniversary of its establishment, presents Song for Cuba, included in “National Film Board of Canada Special”. This film is about a Cuban couple who came to Canada to realize their dream for arts. The sounds and images of their nostalgia and everyday life are expressed in a succinct and clear manner. It seems that this film also indirectly portrays the current image of Canada, multiracial and multicultural county. We extend our sincere congratulations on Canada’s 150th anniversary.

Second, the next film we present is included in our program “Curtain Call”, where we collected films that won awards in last year’s leading international film festivals with the purpose of showing the trend of international short films at one glance. Curve is a film that persistently and thoroughly describes the situation of a woman who is placed at a symbolic ‘curved’ space and her struggle to resist against it. This film reveals the moment of crisis that anyone can experience in a cruelly terrifying way, presenting the attractive power of short films.

Third, The World in Your Window is a film from New Zealand, next year’s Guest Country. The film is about a young boy who tries to console and heal his father who cannot manage to get over his sense of loss. The boy’s mind is described succinctly, in a symbolic and compact form. This film won the Prix Etudiant de la Jeunesse under International Competition at the 2017 Clemont-Ferrand International Short Film Festival.
Opening ceremony
    • Canada
    • 2011
    • Docudrama
    • 7'18"
    • DCP / Color
    • English Sub
    One night during a snowstorm, a man and a woman remember their hometown while drowning in Southern music. This is a story about a young Cuban couple’s fear of an insecure life in a new and cold land, and the love, music and dance that help them overcome this fear. The film features music by the Cuban singer Benny Moré and musician Ignacio Piñeiro. ...
    • Australia
    • 2016
    • Fiction
    • 10'16
    • DCP / Color
    • No Dialogue
    A girl wakes up to find herself resting atop the apex of a smooth, curved surface high above. She struggles to keep herself from falling into the pitch-black darkness below her. The harsh breathing and painful skin abrasions are clearly transmitted to the audience. The film’s directing keeps the audience transfixed to the end and the detailed sound de...
    • New Zealand
    • 2016
    • Fiction
    • 15'
    • HD / Color
    • English Dialogue
    Jesse, a young boy dreaming of becoming a boxer, lives in a caravan with his father who just stays at home unable to step out the door. The world that the father sees through the window is restricted to unevenly grown grass, cars and other caravans. Then one day, an unexpected event leads the two to a world outside of the (another) window. This film incorpor...
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