Busan International Film Festival: Bollywood stars gather for launch of Asia’s largest film festival in S Korea

05:27 PM | 1 Oct, 2015
Busan International Film Festival: Bollywood stars gather for launch of Asia’s largest film festival in S Korea
BUSAN, SOUTH KOREA (APP) - Stars from Asia and beyond gathered in South Korea´s second largest city for a Bollywood-flavoured launch of the 20th Busan International Film Festival.

The event styles itself as the most influential of its kind in a region enjoying stellar growth in box-office receipts and increasing clout in the global movie market.

BIFF´s founding mission was to celebrate the global reach of cinema and champion the cause of the industry in Asia, and Thursday´s opening ceremony at the sprawling Busan Cinema Centre was aimed at reflecting its success in reaching those goals.

The main feature is the world premiere of debut Indian director Mozez Singh´s "Zubaan" -- a coming-of-age drama about a young Sikh musician and the first time a Bollywood offering has opened BIFF.

Hosting duties for the opening ceremony will be shared between South Korean actor Song Kang-Ho and Afghan actress Marina Golbahari.

Joining them on the red carpet will be a pack of Asian cinema heavyweights, including Chinese actress Tang Wei, Masami Nagasawa from Japan, and Taiwan´s Chang Chen.

Among the international guests attending the October 1-10 event are Hollywood veteran Harvey Keitel, British actress Tilda Swinton and France´s Sophie Marceau.

BIFF has been credited with nurturing the careers of numerous Asian filmmakers and some of them will be on hand for the 20th anniversary event, including Chinese directors Jia Zhangke and Feng Xiaogang, and Taiwanese auteur Tsai Ming-Liang.

We hope BIFF will continue to grow as Asia´s most celebrated and historic film festival for the 20 years to come," festival co-director Kang Soo-Yeon told AFP.

With the remnants of Typhoon Dujuan hovering overhead, workers toiled overnight to prepare both the Busan Cinema Centre and the city´s Haeundae beach, where many of the festival´s events are held.

These include "Open Talks" with the stars and, for the first time this year, a "Casting Board" event aimed at introducing up-and-coming Asian acting talent to international filmmakers.

Singh said he felt "extremely humbled" that his film was given the opportunity to open the festival on its 20th birthday.

"This is a super platform for any filmmaker and I wish all of us luck and the opening of many exciting new cinematic doors," he said.

This year´s BIFF will screen 304 movies from 75 countries, including 94 world premieres, a number of them produced by the rising stars of Asian cinema.

Films already being heralded as Oscar contenders are also spread around the festival´s various programmes, including Hou Hsiao-Hsien´s sumptuous martial arts epic "The Assassin".

While BIFF has struggled with funding issues over the past year, Asia´s film industry as a whole is booming.

The combined box office receipts of Asia´s biggest movie markets -- China, Japan, India, South Korea, Taiwan and Indonesia -- out-earned North America for the first time last year by $10.5 billion to $10.4 billion, according to the Motion Picture Association of America.

Much of that was down to China, where box-office takings surged 38 percent from 2013 to $4.8 billion.

Growth in the first eight months of this year is estimated to have been even higher at 49 percent, and the Chinese market alone is expected to out-earn North America by 2018.


Rupee remains stable against US dollar, Euro, Pound, Dirham and Riyal; check forex rates

Pakistani rupee remained stable against US dollar in the open bank market on Friday.

Dollar Rate in Pakistan Today

On Friday, the US dollar was being quoted at 285.3 for buying and 288.15 for selling.

Euro moves down to 311 for buying and 314 for selling. British Pound rate stands at 358.5 for buying, and 361.5 for selling.

UAE Dirham AED stands at 78 whereas the Saudi Riyal rate stands at 76.20.

Today's currency exchange rates in Pakistan – 1 December 2023

Currency Symbol Buying Selling
US Dollar ‎USD 285.3 288.15
Euro EUR 311 314
UK Pound Sterling GBP 358.5 361.5
U.A.E Dirham AED 78 78.7
Saudi Riyal SAR 76.2 77
Australian Dollar AUD 187.2 189
Bahrain Dinar BHD 759.67 767.67
Canadian Dollar CAD 209 211
China Yuan CNY 39.59 39.98
Danish Krone DKK 41.38 41.78
Hong Kong Dollar HKD 36.63 36.98
Indian Rupee INR 3.39 3.5
Japanese Yen JPY 1.49 1.56
Kuwaiti Dinar KWD 926.7 935.7
Malaysian Ringgit MYR 60.38 60.98
New Zealand Dollar NZD 173.44 175.44
Norwegians Krone NOK 26.25 26.55
Omani Riyal OMR 741.26 749.26
Qatari Riyal ‎QAR 77.63 78.33
Singapore Dollar SGD 211 213
Swedish Korona SEK 26.93 27.23
Swiss Franc CHF 325.9 328.4
Thai Bhat THB 8.23 8.38

Gold rates drop in Pakistan; Check today’s gold rates 1 December 2023

KARACHI – The gold price continues to climb up in the local market in line of upward trend in international market.

Gold Rates in Pakistan Today - 1 December 2023

On Thursday, the single tola of 24 Karat gold was available at Rs217,400, and the price for 10-gram gold reached Rs186,390.

Meanwhile, the 22 Karat Gold price stands at Rs199,282, 21 karat rate for each tola is Rs190,225 and 18k gold rate hovers around Rs163,050.

In international market, the price of precious metal hovers around $2,045 per ounce.

Today Gold Rate in Pakistan

City Gold Silver
Lahore PKR 217,400 PKR 2,696
Karachi PKR 217,400 PKR 2,696
Islamabad PKR 217,400 PKR 2,696
Peshawar PKR 217,400 PKR 2,696
Quetta PKR 217,400 PKR 2,696
Sialkot PKR 217,400 PKR 2,696
Attock PKR 217,400 PKR 2,696
Gujranwala PKR 217,400 PKR 2,696
Jehlum PKR 217,400 PKR 2,696
Multan PKR 217,400 PKR 2,696
Bahawalpur PKR 217,400 PKR 2,696
Gujrat PKR 217,400 PKR 2,696
Nawabshah PKR 217,400 PKR 2,696
Chakwal PKR 217,400 PKR 2,696
Hyderabad PKR 217,400 PKR 2,696
Nowshehra PKR 217,400 PKR 2,696
Sargodha PKR 217,400 PKR 2,696
Faisalabad PKR 217,400 PKR 2,696
Mirpur PKR 217,400 PKR 2,696


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