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30 Short films you shouldn’t miss at the 39th Busan International Short Film Festival (Part 2)

We continue with our list of short films that you shouldn’t miss at the 39th Busan International Short Film Festival which will take place from April 27 – May 2, 2022 in Busan, South Korea.

You can go to the first part of this article HERE

– Selected Films –

Output by Son Heewan – South Korea | 2021 – 16 minutes
Section: Operation Kino

Since the COVID-19 pandemic and the Burning Sun scandal, the media has portrayed clubs and DJs in a negative way, giving them a negative stigma. However, the club Output throws light on a different perspective. Interviewed Kim Minho, the manager of Output, and people who visit the club: what night life means to us now, what kind of diversity the street culture and party culture support, what kind of energy they give and how they affect each individual.​ (BISFF 2022)

Screening Dates:
April 29, 2022 | Friday | Cinema I | 17:30 pm
April 30, 2022 | Saturday | Cinema I | 14:00 pm
May 1, 2022 | Sunday | Cinema II | 12:00 pm

Pain of the Anonymous by Amano Daichi – Japan | 2021 – 28 minutes
Section: International Competition 1

A former middle school teacher finds a new job as a content moderator, whose task is to review videos uploaded on an SNS site and delete those with explicit contents. As she becomes absorbed in her new work, her personal relationships begin to unravel.  (BISFF 2022)

Screening Dates:
April 29, 2022 | Friday | Cinema II | 9:30 am
May 1, 2022 | Sunday | Cinematheque | 15:00 pm

Pitch Black by Lee Junsup – South Korea | 2021 – 28 minutes
Section: Korean Competition 2

Weary from his wife’s repeated suicide attempts, a husband seeks help from a secretive agent an old doctor introduced him to; in the middle of the night, they come to his house.​ (BISFF 2022)

Screening Dates:
April 28, 2022 | Thursday | Cinema II | 10:00 am
April 30, 2022 | Saturday | Cinema I | 17:30 pm

Scams of Online Education by Mustafa Bing Javed – Pakistan | 2019 – 17 minutes
Section: Opening Films | AFiS Special

Much like everywhere else in the last 2 years, university students and professors in Pakistan have had to juggle with the added difficulties posed by Covid-19 and by constantly-changing policies in regards to whether classes and exams should be conducted online, or in-person, or both, or neither…. in this wifi-dependent, anxiety-inducing whirlwind of confusion and frustration, a general impression remains: Nothing hits quite like a well-made documentary born out of necessity and unfairness. (Sébastien Simon)  (BISFF 2022)

Screening Dates:
April 27, 2022 | Wednesday | Cinema I | 19:00 pm
April 29, 2022 | Friday | Cinematheque | 12:30 pm
May 1, 2022 | Sunday |Cinematheque | 10:00 am

Seungwoo by Lee Haesol – South Korea | 2022 – 16 minutes
Section: Operation Kino

A 14-year-old boy who survived governmental violence is now a 54-year old middle-aged man. He tries to live a normal life while trying to forget about his past.​ (BISFF 2022)

Screening Dates:
April 29, 2022 | Friday | Cinema I | 17:30 pm
April 30, 2022 | Saturday | Cinema I | 14:00 pm
May 1, 2022 | Sunday | Cinema II | 12:00 pm

Sound of the Night by Chanrado Sok, Kongkea Vann – Cambodia | 2021 – 20 minutes
Section: International Competition 2

Vibol and his brother Kea sell noodles on a motorized cart every night on the streets of Phnom Penh. They often face threats from gangsters and thieves, even if these very people are their only customers. As the city is growing around them, they consider their unstable income and imagine a different future.​ (BISFF 2022)

Screening Dates:
April 28, 2022 | Thursday | Cinema I | 10:00 am
April 30, 2022 | Saturday | Cinema II | 9:30 am

Standby by Lee Kyoungho, Heo Jieun – South Korea | 2021 – 19 minutes
Section: Korean Competition 5

Two people come to a strange place and wander around. The person waiting for the first snow approaches and talks to the person who is tired of waiting.​ (BISFF 2022)

Screening Dates:
April 28, 2022 | Thursday | Cinema II | 13:00 pm
May 1, 2022 | Sunday | Cinema I | 17:30 pm

The Bowl by Lu Lu – China | 2018 – 20 minutes
Section: Hub of Asia | Buddha’s Matinee

A young boy accompanies his mother to a Buddhist temple in the mountain and, through a budding friendship with a child monk, comes to learn more than he really understands. This gorgeously-shot, coming-of-age period piece highlights the subtle educative impression that Buddhism can make on young, foolhardy minds. (Sébastien Simon, Ahn Jaewoo) (BISFF 2022)

Screening Dates:
April 29, 2022 | Friday | Cinema I | 14:30 pm
May 1, 2022 | Sunday | Cinema I | 12:00 pm

The Boys Club by Chen Yihwen – Malaysia | 2021 – 22 minutes
Section: International Competition 3

A Malaysian female filmmaker dreamt of making the first feature documentary for theatrical release in her country. After 4 years of struggles, her film premiered with glowing reviews. But soon after, she lost her job. This documentary reveals her deeply personal and harrowing filmmaking journey of enduring sexual harassment, bullying and misogyny. (BISFF 2022)

Screening Dates:
April 28, 2022 | Thursday | Cinema I | 16:00 pm
May 1, 2022 | Sunday | Cinema II | 9:30 am

The Daugther by Nam Soona – South Korea | 2021 – 21 minutes
Section: Korean Competition 4

After taking care of her mother for a long time, Hyoeun inherits her mother’s home after she passes away. She tries to escape her mother’s shadow by removing any trace of her in the house, but, as the daughter is doing so, she hears whispers of her mother’s voice and strange things begin to happen.​ (BISFF 2022)

Screening Dates:
April 29, 2022 | Friday | Cinema II | 20:30 pm
May 1, 2022 | Sunday | Cinema I | 20:30 pm

The Day by Lee Dongwon – South Korea | 2020 – 18 minutes
Section: Korean Shorts | Platform 1

Two people meet for the first time on a one-night date. The film illustrates the very natural basic human desire for intimacy by filming in close-up black and white, as the two pursue it in different ways. The film shows the cracks and gaps between the 2 characters with a sympathetic gaze, allowing the audience to empathize with them. The contrast between the 2 characters particularly stands out. (Kang Byunghwa)​ (BISFF 2022)

Screening Dates:
April 29, 2022 | Friday | Cinema II | 17:30 pm
April 30, 2022 | Saturday | Cinema I | 20:30 pm
May 1, 2022 | Sunday | Cinema I | 16:00 pm

The Divers by Cho Heesoo – South Korea | 2021 – 10 minutes
Section: Opening Film | Korean Shorts, Platform 2

A stadium is built in Gangnam Station, which has the country’s largest floating population, and runners race continually. This race is bold and awakens our senses. It’s a dive in the sense of plunging into a crowd flow, and each stride transcends everyday life and causes you to contemplate a universal value. (Kang Byunghwa)​ (BISFF 2022)

Screening Dates:
April 27, 2022 | Wednesday | Cinema I | 19:00 pm
April 29, 2022 | Friday | Cinema I | 20:30 pm
April 30, 2022 | Saturday | Cinema I | 16:00 pm
May 2, 2022 | Monday | Cinema II | 13:00 pm

The Scent of Rat Carcasses by Dharma Putra Purna Nugraha – Indonesia | 2021 – 9 minutes
Section: AFiS Special

A young woman, her mom grieving for her late husband, his spirit possibly haunting them, and the rats that keep on infesting their house despite their best efforts to poison them…. in this pressure-cooking environment, the overbearing influence of paternalism lingers even after the man of the house has passed away. A doubt lingers as well: Do birds stay in their cages willingly? (Sébastien Simon) (BISFF 2022)

Screening Dates:
May 29, 2022 | Friday | Cinematheque | 12:30 pm
May 1, 2022 | Sunday | Cinematheque | 10:00 am

Time Flows in Strange Ways on Sundays by Giselle Lin – Singapore | 2021 – 17 minutes
Section: International Competition 5

A mother, trapped in the comfort of memory and mourning, confronts her grief when she is invited to the wedding of her late son’s childhood sweetheart.​ (BISFF 2022)

Screening Dates:
April 27, 2022 | Wednesday | Cinematheque | 16:30 pm
April 30, 2022 | Saturday | Cinema I | 14:30 pm

Walking on the Chairs by Cha Jeamin – South Korea | 2020 – 11 minutes
Section: Korean Shorts, Platform 2

Cheers and enthusiasm fade after a match, and cleaners appear in the stadium. The film depicts it as if it were a game, and the collected conversations are read out. The film’s sound conveys a sense of survival, while the camera fills the empty space with insights into the solidarity of our time. (Kang Byunghwa)​ (BISFF 2022)

Screening Dates:
April 29, 2022 | Friday | Cinema I | 20:30 pm
April 30, 2022 | Saturday | Cinema I | 16:00 pm
May 2, 2022 | Monday | Cinema II | 13:00 pm

You can go to the first part of this article HERE

For more information please visit: http://www.bisff.org/eng/default.asp

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