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Opening/Closing

The opening night for the 38th Busan International Short Film Festival will feature three films: one from the Netherlands, the festival's guest country this year, one notable Asian film, and one Korean film. 

All of these films represent this year's festival theme 'State of Exception' with their respective gaze and direction.

 

The first film, 《Lost On Arrival》, is from the Netherlands. The plot follows an old man who decides to move to a small Caribbean island for his retirement. However, due to the onset of dementia, 

the man gradually loses his memory. His plan for a comfortable life after retirement could be jeopardized. This minimalistic film portrays life when the loss of memory is triggered by a state of exception.

 

The second film is 《Opera》 directed by Erick Oh, which is featured in the “Silent Voices” program of the “Hub of Asia” section. In a very literal example of world-building, 

this jaw-dropping animated short film presents an oligarchic society as a multi layered, interconnected, pyramidal machine which runs on a never-ending cycle of order and chaos. 

Because of the way that film is constructed, not two audience members will actually be watching the same details nor characters- allowing for potentially infinite viewings and interpretations.

 

The third film, 《On tact》, was selected for the BISFF Short Film Project and is the second film to emerge from that project. The story revolves around a man who is in crisis because he has lost his ability 

to speak as a result of a state of exception caused by COVID-19.The film asks the question of how a vulnerable individual will survive in a world contaminated with an infectious virus and in which our language, the most important medium for people to communicate, has vanished. In a paradoxical way, the film reminds us of the value of language by 

illustrating how its loss can have catastrophic results.

 

 

Date& Time  April 21(Wed) 19:00

Venue  Cinema I, Busan Cinema Center 

Opening Films This program's film rating is for ages 15 and older
Lost on Arrival

PolakVanBekkum

The Netherlands2020 Experimental8'DCPColorG

A man chooses to live his post-retirement years on a remote Caribbean island. However, he starts to show symptoms of dementia shortly after his arrival, gradually losing his memory and self-confidence. This work portrays the disappearance of life and memory in an extremely minimalist way.​
Opera

Erick Oh

Korea2020Animation8'55"DCPColor15

In a very literal example of world-building, this jaw-dropping animated short film presents an oligarchic society as a multi-layered, interconnected, pyramidal machine which runs on a never-ending cycle of order and chaos. Because of the way that film is constructed, not two audience members will actually be watching the same details nor characters - allowing for potentially infinite viewings and interpretations. 
Ontact

Kim Junginn

Korea2021Fiction30'DCPColor12

The story revolves around a man who is in crisis because he has lost his ability to speak as a result of exceptional circumstances caused by COVID-19. The film asks the question of how a vulnerable individual will survive in a world contaminated with an infectious virus and in which our language, the most important medium for people to communicate, has vanished. In a paradoxical way, the film reminds us of the value of language by illustrating how its loss can have catastrophic results.