7 Letters to screen at Busan film fest in October

Nadiah M. Din stars in Cinema, director Eric Khoo's contribution to 7 Letters.
Nadiah M. Din stars in Cinema, director Eric Khoo's contribution to 7 Letters. PHOTO: 7 LETTERS, ERIC KHOO

7 Letters, the acclaimed SG50 anthology of short films, will make its international premiere at the upcoming Busan International Film Festival in South Korea.

Asia's biggest film festival, which celebrates its 20th anniversary this year, opens on Oct 1.

This was reported by ScreenDaily and shared by Boo Junfeng, one of the film-makers who contributed to the project.

7 Letters' run in Golden Village cinemas has been extended to Sept 2, due to popular demand.

Indian drama Zubaan will open the Busan festival, organisers said on Tuesday. The coming-of-age drama involving a young Sikh musician is a debut film by Mozez Singh and produced by Guneet Monga, who was behind hits including the 2013 romantic film, The Lunchbox.

The festival will feature 304 movies from 75 countries.

It came under fire over last year's screening of a documentary about the Sewol ferry disaster in which 300 people died. Diving Bell cast a critical eye on Seoul's rescue mission during last year's tragedy and Busan's mayor and the festival chairman had criticised the movie as too political and called on organisers to scrap the screening.

The screening went ahead as scheduled, but the state-run film council cut aid for the festival to about 800 million won (S$944,000) this year from 1.4 billion won last year, prompting angry protests by film-makers.

Mr Lee Yong Kwan, co-director of the festival, said the festival on its milestone year would be relatively "quiet" partly due to financial problems. Actresses Tilda Swinton, Tang Wei and Liu Yifei, Chinese director Jia Zhangke and Taiwanese director Hou Hsiao-hsien are expected at the festival which will close with Mountain Cry, a Chinese drama directed by Larry Yang.


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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on August 27, 2015, with the headline 7 Letters to screen at Busan film fest in October. Subscribe