Aaron Kwok, Ken Watanabe and More at the 18th Annual Busan International Film Festival

Glamorous stars, stunning (sometimes shocking) fashion, blinding lights and a seemingly mile-long red carpet.

The Oscars? Cannes? Nope, it’s Opening Night at the Busan International Film Festival. And this time, the stars garnering the screams from fans are some of the most beautiful people from all around Asia.

Since its inception in 1996, the Busan International Film Festival (formerly, Pusan) has grown into arguably the biggest, most important film festival in all of Asia. Located in the seaside city of Busan, about 200 miles south of South Korea’s capital of Seoul, the film festival (also known as BIFF) draws thousands of film execs, media and international stars from around the world.


Aaron Kwok in a Longines ad.

Aaron Kwok in a Longines ad.

This year, the 18th annual BIFF, sponsored by prestige cosmetics line Artistry, kicks off this Thursday, October 3, with a red carpet screening of Vara: A Blessing, the third feature film by director and Bhutan priest Khyentse Norbu. Taiwanese mega-star Aaron Kwok is set to moderate the opening ceremony, and throughout the 10-day festival, we can expect to see luminaries like Ken Watanabe, who’ll be starring in Japan’s version of Clint Eastwood’s Unforgiven; and Vietnamese American actor Dustin Nguyen, whose film Once Upon a Time in Vietnam, which he directed, with have its international premiere.

Other highly anticipated films screening at BIFF include Joon-ho Bong‘s Snowpiercer, starring Kang-ho Song, Chris Evans, Tilda Swinton and Ed Harris; the controversial film Moebius by Ki-duk Kim; Bill Condon’s The Fifth Estate about Julian Assange; and The Coen BrothersInside Llewyn Davis.

Kang-ho Song in Snowpiercer.

Kang-ho Song in Snowpiercer.

And of course, there will be tons of fashion (and films!) to evaluate. It’ll be a veritable eye candy fest. Stay tuned as Audrey goes to BIFF and gets a firsthand look at Opening Night!

The Busan Cinema Center, courtesy of Busan International Film Festival Korea, biff.kr.

The Busan Cinema Center, courtesy of Busan International Film Festival Korea, biff.kr.


RED CARPET PHOTOS: Freida Pinto Dazzles at 2013 Venice International Film Festival

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Audrey’s former cover girl takes to the red carpet on Thursday for the premiere of Miu Miu’s “Womens’ Tales” at the 2013 Venice International Film Festival.

Miu Miu has been collaborating with Venice Days to present this film showcase for women, by women – all to celebrate the voices of female creativity. Two films premiered at the showcase: “Le Donne delle Vucciria” (from Palestinian actress Hiam Abbass) and Ava DuVernay’s “The Door” (who was the first African American woman to win Best Director at Sundance).

Fashion house Miu Miu had stated that the series “Womens’ Tales” was to showcase “the need to stimulate reflection on women’s experiences” in all aspects of the film industry, “so they can put their heads together and share their thoughts on the nature of that ‘special something,’ so vibrant and so different, that a woman’s gaze can bring to the creation of a work of art.”

In conjunction with the two films, there will also be a series of talks with women in the industry. Pinto will appear on the panel “The Creativity of Producing” with Jules Daly, producer of “The Door,” Sue Kroll, President of Worldwide Marketing and International Distribution for Warner Bros. Pictures, and Michelle Dockery, star of Downtown Abbey on August 31st.