Asian cinema dazzles at Busan festival
Asia’s top film festival drew to a close on Friday after nine days packed with screenings that left audiences enthused over the future of the region’s movie industry.
The Busan International Film Festival (BIFF) rolled out the red carpet to a cast of A-list stars and showcased more than 300 productions from all over the world — but it has been the local films that have left cinema-goers buzzing.
“The standard of productions we have seen here this year has been outstanding,” said Chinese director Yonfan, in town to head the jury for the festival’s main New Currents award.
“It is an indication that Asian cinema is very healthy and there is a vast collection of very talented people out there making films today.”
That talent pool was reflected in the 13 films from 12 countries which contested this year’s New Currents award, which offers two prizes of $30,000 and is open to first- and second-time Asian directors.