The 35th Busan International Short Film Festival presents two films for its Opening Ceremony.
The first is Tama Tu by director Taika Waititi, which is also presented in the 'New Zealand Cineaste' section. The title has a rather dark and heavy meaning of 'god of war', yet the film itself is ironically a poignant story about young men who maintain their innocence amid the harsh conditions of war. Many Maori soldiers from New Zealand went around the globe to take part in battles during WWII. Their emotional story helps us remember never to lose hope for the future, even during our darkest hours.
The second opening film is The Burden. It is part of the 'Curtain Call' program, which is a compilation of award-winning short films from around the world. This creative musical animation utilizes various forms to express the modern man suffering from boredom, loneliness and anxiety. The music filling up the film is for everyday people who live not under a bright spotlight, but hidden away under darkness. The film won the Short Cuts Award for Best Short Film at the 2017 Toronto International Film Festival.