As one of ScreenAnarchy's favorite film festivals, we're alway eager to see what PiFan (Puchon International Fantastic Film Festival) holds in store for its annual genre cinema celebration. For its upcoming 18th edition, which was revealed yesterday evening, Asia's top fantastic fest didn't disappoint.
Opening the doors to the program's 210 films, which span 47 countries, on the 17th of July will be the German film Stereo from director Maximilian Erlenwein, which debuted at the Berlinale earlier this year. Closing the event ten days later will be My Ordinary Love Story, the second film from Korean director Lee Kwon, who previously made Attack on the Pin-up Boys (2007).
Puchon Choice, PiFan's competition section, will feature 12 titles this year, including Fruit Chan's The Midnight After and Nacho Vigalondo's Open Windows. Other notable films in the program include the Spanish horror Asmodexia, Ben Wheatley's A Field in England, Iguchi Noburo's Live, Dante Lam's That Demon Within and horror-musical Stage Fright.
14 Korean features will screen at PiFan this year, including eight world premieres, among which is The Night of the Prophet, one of this year's Korean Academy of Film Arts (KAFA) graduation projects, which previously produced End of Animal (2011) and Bleak Night (2011).
In addition to its usual sections, this year's program features special showcases on Godzilla, Tinto Brass, Latin American genre cinema, classic genre films and shorts co-produced by the Korea National University of Arts and Beijing Film Academy.
Running concurrently with PiFan will be NAFF, the Network of Asian Fantastic Films, now in its seventh year. Featuring 27 in-development projects as part of IT Project, the Fantastic Film School, seminars and more, NAFF, the world's first genre film market, has gone from strength to strength over the years, and has been responsible for hits such as The Terror Live, Will You Love Me Tomorrow and The King of Pigs (2011).
With all this and plenty more global genre gems picked by PiFan's programming team waiting to be discovered, we're eager to get stuck into Korea's top genre film event next month. Check back with us in the weeks leading up to the festival as we sort through the program to give you our top picks.
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