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Asia’s biggest film fest opens as a shadow of its usual self

The coronavirus has forced events at this year’s Busan International Film Festival, the largest event of its kind in Asia, to be scaled down

BUSAN (SOUTH KOREA) – An anthology paying cinematic tribute to Hong Kong was the highlight Wednesday on the opening day of Asia’s biggest film festival, which has been forced largely online by the coronavirus pandemic.

The Busan International Film Festival (BIFF) usually sees a host of stars and industry players from Asia and elsewhere descend on the port city for 10 days of critical consideration and financial deal-making.

But strict conditions imposed this year due to the pandemic mean that while socially-distanced screenings are taking place, there are no opening or closing ceremonies, no red-carpet parades, no after-parties or outdoor fan…

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