The 17th Puchon International Fantastic Film Festival will take place from Thursday to July 28 in the city that also goes by the spelling Bucheon in Gyeonggi Province, providing an escapist diversion from the searing heat and monsoon rains. On the themes of love, fantasy and adventure, a total of 230 films -- 135 features and 95 shorts -- from 44 countries will be screened this year.
"The Terror Live", a Korean thriller directed by Kim Byeong-woo and starring Ha Jung-woo, will close the festival. It focuses on a radio show host who takes a call from a terrorist threatening to blow up a part of the city. The movie will hit local theaters on Aug. 1.
"The Congress", an animation directed by Ari Folman of Israel, will serve as the main attraction at the opening ceremony, tickets for which sold out within 100 seconds of their being made available on July 4. The animation, which features the voice of Hollywood star Robin Wright, is an adaptation of science fiction writer Stanislaw Lem's novel "The Futurological Congress".
There will also be various outdoor events during the festival. A photo exhibition of actors will be held, and movie posters drawn by webtoon writers and books on films will be displayed and sold.
Tickets cost W6,000 (US$1=W1,123) for general screenings, W8,000 for 3D movies, and W12,000 for the opening and closing films and midnight screenings. For more information, visit the film festival's website at www.pifan.com or call 032-327-6313.
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