SEOUL, Oct. 21 (Yonhap) — This year’s Busan International Film Festival (BIFF) kicked off Wednesday in a minimized format amid the novel coronavirus pandemic.

The competition will operate via Oct. 30 at the Busan Cinema Centre in the southern port metropolis of Busan, some 453 kilometers southeast of Seoul, featuring 192 films from 68 nations around the world.

The 25th version was pushed back for two months and scaled back again sharply in terms of the number of films to be screened and its affiliated events due to the protracted COVID-19 epidemic and strengthened social distancing suggestions.

The opening ceremony with global silver monitor stars and filmmakers strolling down the crimson carpet was canceled, as effectively as the closing ceremony.

Other on-stage greetings like the “Open up Converse” supporter meetings and other guest meeting activities have been all place off or shifted on line.

In theaters, all tickets have to be booked in progress and online, with only 25 % of their standard seating ability permitted.

And audiences really should comply with hygiene guidelines, these types of as two-meter distancing and donning a mask, and go by way of required individual facts checks ahead of coming into the corridor.

The festival’s opener is “Septet: The Tale of Hong Kong.”

An omnibus movie by seven renowned directors — Sammo Hung, Ann Hui, Patrick Tam, Yuen Wo Ping, Johnnie To, Ringo Lam, and Hark Tsu — it tells the history of Hong Kong by means of their one of a kind creative visions from the mid-20th century.

The film, just one of the formal alternatives of this year’s Cannes Film Festival, will have its earth premiere at BIFF.

The Japanese animated movie “Josee, the Tiger and the Fish,” directed by Tamaru Kotaro, will near the competition. A remake of the 2003 film with the exact title is about an ailing female who opens her head to the outer environment as she learns what really like is.

Amongst the 192 invitees are movies that have been screened or awarded at significant international movie festivals together with Cannes, Berlin and Venice.

“Minari,” by Korean-American director Lee Isaac Chung, which won a prize at the 2020 Sundance Movie Festival, was picked out, as were 23 Cannes-picked movies, including Yeon Sang-ho’s “Peninsula” and Naomi Kawase’s “Accurate Moms.”

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