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Bucheon International Fantastic Film Festival, 2018

July 12-22, 2018,

Bucheon, South Korea

BIFAN 2018 will be presenting a variety of films that will offer a glimpse into the latest trends in genre films and the direction that the industry is heading in. A total of 290 movies from 53 countries will be screened at the festival. This includes 163 features and 127 shorts. The theme of the festival is Love, Fantasy and Adventure.

As many as 19 feature films will be having their world premieres at the festival, which will also be the venue for the international premieres of 10 feature films

OPENING FILM

The Underdog

Directed by Oh Sung-yoon and Lee Chun-baek, this Korean animation film will have its world premiere at the festival. The story is about stray dogs abandoned by humans who find ‘a place without humans’. In the process, they find the meaning of freedom and discover their identities.

CLOSING FILM

Secret Superstar

Directed by Advait Chauhan, the film is about an Indian Muslim girl who aspires to be a singer but her father is against this. She hides her identity behind a niqab and goes on to become a sensation on YouTube. The film, featuring Zaira Wasin, Meher Vij and Aamir Khan, deals with feminism, gender equality and domestic violence.

BUCHEON CHOICE

Independent films that challenge conventional genres are chosen for this section. This edition of the festival has 12 feature films from 11 countries selected for the competition. The films shortlisted include:

Beast

The Limit Of Sleeping Beauty

Revenge

Tigers Are Not Afraid

The Dark

Ghost Walk

Look Up

Respeto

The Sacrament

Sad Beauty

Tower. A Bright Day

A Vigilante

WORLD FANTASTIC

World Fantastic Cinema, which shows the panorama of world fantastic films, was divided into two sections titled Red and Blue from the 20th year. World Fantastic Red is for genre film fanatics and is packed with action films gushing with blood, chilling, horror films and exciting thrillers. World Fantastic Blue presents a wide range of genre films including sci-fi, fantasy, comedy, romance and music films.

Some of the films in World Fantastic Red include:

The Axiom

The Blue Choker

Terrified

The Cannibal Club

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Some of the films in World Fantastic Blue include:

Anna And The Apocalypse

Goodbye, Grandpa!

When Margaux Meets Margaux

Mayfair

Wizard

INDIA CONNECT

Quite a few Indian films will be screened at the festival. Hindi films Bhavesh Joshi Superhero and MOM and the Malayalam movie Ezra are part of World Fantastic Cinema. Secret Superstar will be the closing film of the festival.

Directed by Vikramaditya Motwane and featuring Harshvardhan Kapoor, Bhavesh Joshi Superhero is the story of a young man who turns vigilante to protect the city of Mumbai from the water mafia. MOM, starring the late Sridevi and directed by Ravi Udyawar, is about a mother who sets about to avenge her daughter’s rape. Ezra, directed by Jay K is a supernatural horror film featuring Prithviraj.

– Padma Iyer

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