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
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