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Bifan genre fest appoints chair, reveals line-up

Captain Fantasticto open festival in South Korea.

Asia’s largest genre cinema event, Bucheon International Fantastic Film Festival (Bifan) marks its 20th anniversary with the appointment of its first organizing committee chairman from the film industry – veteran director Chung Ji-young, and expanded festival and industry programmes.

Bifan will open July 21 with the Asian premiere of Captain Fantastic, the Viggo Mortensen-starrer that won Matt Ross the Un Certain Regard best director award at this year’s Cannes.

Running until July 31, the festival will hold its closing ceremony July 29 with the Asian premiere of King Of Pigs director Yeon Sang-ho’s animation Seoul Station. Currently playing at the Edinburgh film fest, the animated film is known as the prequel to Yeon’s first live action film Train To Busan, which was in Cannes’ Midnight Screenings last month.

The festival has a record 302 films from 49 countries, with 49 world premieres and 32 international premieres. These include

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