With twenty French films (including majority-French co-productions) presented this year, the 2017 Busan International Film Festival will once again give French cinema wide exposure, in keeping with the two previous years in which French films were particularly well-represented.
Jean-Pierre Léaud, who is the subject of a special tribute this year, will be in attendance to present The Lion Sleeps Tonight (accompanied by his director Nobuhiro Suwa), and Grandeur et décadence d'un petit commerce de cinéma, a TV movie directed by Jean-Luc Godard in 1986, which has very rarely been seen. Rachid Hami, director of Orchestra Class, will also make the trip to Seoul for the event.
A "French Evening" event will be held on October 14 at the Park Hyatt Hotel, immediately following the screening of Zombillenium, whose producer Arnauld Boulard will be in attendance.
We can also note that the French director of photography Agnès Godard is a jury member for this year's Official Competition.
All French films selected in 2017
A Window on Asian Cinema
The BIFF also gains international attention for its important sidebar event, the Asian Film Market (AFM), to be held this year at the BEXCO Exhibition and Convention Center in Busan.
UniFrance will be present alongside 17 French sales companies, represented under the umbrella of European Film Promotion (EFP):
The Asian Project Market, the market's co-production platform, will host 28 projects this year, including three French co-productions: Dirty, Difficult, Dangerous by the Lebanese director Wissam Charaf and produced by Charlotte Vincent (Aurora Films); A Year of Cold by the Nepalese director Min Bahadur Bham, co-produced by Catherine Dussart (Catherine Dussart Production (CDP)); and The Pass by the Afghan director Siddiq Barmak, co-produced by Guillaume De Seille (Arizona Productions).
In addition, the Film Market is holding a VR Conference for the first time this year, in which the French writer-filmmaker Jérôme Blanquet will participate. Blanquet is the director of Alteration, which was recently acclaimed at the Venice International Film Festival.