24th Busan International Film Festival – Opening Film

The HorseThe Horse Thieves. Roads of Time directed by Yerlan Nurmukhambetov & Lisa Takeba (Kazakhstan, Japan) will open the 24th Busan International Film Festival, which will take place from October 3rd – 12th, in Busan, Korea.

About the festival:
The Busan International Film Festival (BIFF) held annually in Haeundaegu, Busan (Korea) is one of the most important film festivals in Asia, together with the Hong Kong International Film Festival and the Tokyo International Film Festival. Since the first edition in 1996, the festival aim to introduce new films and first-time directors to the world. Another notable feature is the appeal of the festival to young people, both in terms of the large youthful audience it attracts and through its efforts to develop and promote young talent.

Opening Film

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The Horse Thieves. Roads of Time by Yerlan Nurmukhambetov & Lisa Takeba – Kazakhstan, Japan | 2019 – 84 minutes

One morning, a man who loves his family very much goes to a town market to sell his horse with the other villagers. After exchanging affectionate glances with his wife, and leaving his 10-year-old son and two daughters still in a deep sleep, the man goes to the market and is killed by horse thieves, holding a kitten in his arms for his kids. With the help of the villagers, the wife holds the man′s funeral and decides to return to her family with her kids. Then, another man who left her 8 years ago without leaving any notes appears to help the woman move. Somehow, the son of the wife resembles the man and learns to ride a horse from him. One day, they go out on horseback together and bump into the horse thieves. The film perfectly embodies the aesthetics of the widescreen and also features genre fun in addition to the beauty of the margins unique to Central Asian films. The vast expanse of grassland and the blue sky merging into the grassland unfolds the spectacular sight, whereas the duel with the horse thieves driving dozens of horses over the grassland provides the sense of urgency and the exciting spectacles. It that sense, it’s worthy of being called a Kazakhstan version of ‘Western movie.’

The Horse Thieves was directed by Yerlan NURMUKHAMBETOV, who won the New Currents Award in BIFF 2015, with Lisa TAKEBA. This film is also the winner of the 2017 Asia Project Market (APM). Samal YESLEYAMOVA, who won the best actress award at the 2018 Cannes Film Festival starred in this film as well. (BIFF Catalogue 2019)

For more information about the programme please follow the next link: BusanIFF Website

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