“Heaven: To the Land of Happiness” to open Busan Film Festival this year
SEOUL, Sep 02 (Yonhap) – South Korean comedy drama “Heaven: To the Land of Happiness” by Im Sang-soo will open the Busan International Film Festival (BIFF) this year, the event organizer.
Famed director Im’s first big-screen project in six years will have a world premiere at the 26th BIFF, October 6-15, according to the organizer.
“Heaven” is a road movie about two men, played by veteran actors Choi Min-sik of “Old Boy” and Park Hae-il of “The Host”, who accidentally go on a trip together, dreaming of a luxurious ending to their lives.
Youn Yuh-jung, the first Korean actor to win the Academy Award for Supporting Actress, embodies the glamorous and unique Madame Youn.
“The harmony created from the exceptional directorial power of Im Sang-soo and the excellent acting of Choi Min-sik and Park Hae-he ultimately turns the film into an inquiry into happiness that is heartwarming. and beautiful like no other, ”BIFF said.
The film was an official selection for the 2020 Cannes Film Festival but premiered at the BIFF as the 2020 event was canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
It is the last feature film of Im, whose last project was “Intimate Enemies” (2015). It is also his fourth film to receive an invitation to Cannes, after “The President’s Last Blow” (2005), “The Chambermaid” (2010) and “The Taste of Money” (2012).