KIM Young-jo South Korea 116 mins PG Southeast Asian Premiere
A stirring tribute to the late Busan International Film Festival co-founder, director and prominent champion of Asian cinema, Kim Ji-seok.
In 2017, the international film industry was shocked by the unexpected passing of Busan International Film Festival’s (BIFF) co-founder and deputy director Kim Ji-seok. From its beginnings to becoming one of the largest and most important film festivals in Asia, Kim was considered the heart of BIFF by many.
This documentary honours the beloved film programmer who dedicated his life to promoting Asian cinema, drawing on interviews with family and friends such as arthouse stalwarts Jafar Panahi and Apichatpong Weerasethakul. As Kim’s life was deeply entwined with that of BIFF, the film also bears great insights into the history of the festival. Sombre yet moving, Jiseok reveals Kim’s passion and perseverance despite setbacks.
KIM Young-jo’s debut documentary feature My Family Portrait (2007) competed at Marseille International Film Festival. This was followed by Taebaek, Land of Embers (2008), which competed at Busan International Film Festival. Jiseok, his eighth documentary, includes scenes from the 2015 SGIFF where Kim Ji-seok was a guest speaker.
Key points to note
Mr. Nam Dong-Chul, Program Director of Busan International Film Festival, will be the Q&A representative for this film.