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Opening/Closing

The 37th Busan International Short Film Festival presents three opening films—one from this year’s Guest Country Belgium, one noteworthy Asian film, and one from Korea which was selected as 2020 BISFF Short Film Project.

 

The first film, The Golden Legend in the “Belgium Panorama” program, comes from this year’s Guest Country Belgium. The film offers oddly pe- culiar images that dominate the mind of a psychiatric patient as if they are museum displays.

 

Coming from India, the second film is Tungrus, presented in the “Curtain Call” program. Both hilarious and entertaining while also detailing a very unique case of home invasion and emotional abuse.

 

The third film is ID Card, a Korean film selected as “2020 BISFF Short Film Project”. The film is about the existential crisis that an individual has to go through at work. Calmly contemplating today’s Korea, it shows how mutual understanding and solidarity among people disappear under the capitalistic system. 

 

Opening Films This program's film rating is for ages 15 and older
The Golden Legend

Olivier Smolders

Belgium2015Fiction, Documentary24'DCPColorEnglish Sub15

A patient detained in a psychiatric institution presents a gallery of the great names in history who still haunt his mind. It’s densely packed with cursed musicians, assassins, fairground freaks, paranoiac revolutionaries, artists of the Belle Epoque, and suicidal anchorites. As we witness the storehouse of memories made up of countless images of human psychology and myths, we find ourselves lost in the sea between truth and fiction. 
Tungrus

Rishi Chandna

India2018Documentary12'54"DCPColorEnglish Sub12

The lives of an Indian family are hilariously disrupted when their patriarch decides to adopt a rooster as a pet. We watch as each member of the family (including two cats) tries to adjust to the new situation, even as Tungrus’ constant crowing and aggression drive the film to its inevitable conclusion. First-time director Rishi Chandna captures the chaos inside a cramped Mumbai apartment with humour and warmth, proving that short documentaries can entertain. Best Documentary at the 2018 Shorts That Are Not Pants.
ID Card

Yoon Haesung

Korea2020Fiction18'57"HDColorEnglish Sub15

When Donggu’s friend and co-worker Jichul suddenly dies, Donggu is forced by his boss to find Jichul’s employee ID card. The company that may have driven Jichul to death is now driving Donggu to another extreme situation. The film is about the existential crisis that an individual has to go through at work. Calmly contemplating today’s Korea, it shows how mutual understanding and solidarity among people disappear under the capitalistic system. The film delicately captures the deep agony that every young person who has just started a career suffers between personal friendship and social status as a member of organization. It also renders the heartless, bitter reality of modern society where solidarity collapses and human values are lost within system.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             *This Film is a 'Short Film Project' support and will be screened with the Korean Competition 5.