The Busan Festival has experienced its participation in previous editions, ranging from the crowd of guests in Hondui to the frantic crowd, from the stars camping at the entrance to the BIFF Square, the Grand Hotel in Nampdong. Neither of these is particularly appropriate between the age of covid and social distance.
With that in mind, the festival has dubbed it the ‘Actress House’, a somewhat more dignified and arms-length series of encounters between on-screen stars and their public. The series features six, more in-depth conversations with successful, young talent.
Organizers say they will share stories that have never been heard before, including their acting philosophy and their most memorable scenes. The sessions were conducted by Una Beck, Head of Una Lab Actrology.
The highest profile participants are actress Uhm Janghua (“Insadong Scandal,” “Hyundai,” “Okay! Madam”) and actor Cho Jinwong (“Roaring Stream,” “The Handmaiden”), who have established their filmography across the silver screen and television. The two are part of a judging jury for this year’s BIFF Best Actor and Actress of the Year awards.
Han Yeri has recently earned acclaim for his role as Monica, a caring mother taking her family abroad, in the Oscar-nominated film “Minari”. Jun Jung-SEO began his career with director Lee Chang-dong’s “Burning” and “Mona Lisa and the Blood Moon”, which was seen in the latest edition of the Venice International Film Festival.
Lee Jae-hun, whose recent achievements include “Time to Hunt” and “Collectors”, has doubled as director of a segment of the public film Unframed, which is part of the Korean cinema Today-Panorama section. Bayon Johan recently appeared on the screens with the recent hits “Book of Fish” and “On the Line”.