For the past 16 years, Busan has hosted the Busan International Film Festival or BIFF for short. For two weeks, the city showcases the latest films from first time directors as well as new films, mostly focusing on the Asian community. We attended last year and we made sure to attend this year too. It's always exciting to see new films and feel like a part of something so big.
This year, we went with our two lovely Korean friends, Junnie and Min-su. It was a great time and we always have fun with them. They don't speak English very well, but it's always fun trying to figure out what they're saying and vice versa.
We watched Comes a Bright Day, a British film. While we were waiting for the film to start they announced that the director was there and that he would be answering questions after the film It was quite an exciting surprise, especially for a $6 movie.
Comes a Bright Day was wonderful and I really enjoyed the film. I actually wanted to see this movie even before I knew it was coming to BIFF. It's a love story, coming of age story and heist story all in one. The acting was fantastic, the cinematography was beautiful and the story was well written. Afterwards, the Koreans asked some really strange and odd questions. Markus had a really good question but they ended the Q&A. Guess it wasn't meant to be.
On the way home, we gave Joonie his birthday present. As you can tell from the photos, Markus was really excited.
It was great time and it made me thankful for the friends that we've made in Korea. When we spend time with them, it feels like we're really living in this city, that we're a part of it and I love that feeling.