The 24th Busan International Film Festival Announces Nominees for New Currents Award

Published : Tuesday, September 10, 2019, 2:44 pm
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The 24th Busan International Film Festival finalized the selection of 14 films for the New Currents Award, the competition section for Asian films.

14 Competition Features of New Asian Talents
The New Currents Award is given to two feature films selected from the first or second works of up-and-coming Asian filmmakers introduced in the New Currents section. This year, Leaving Las Vegas (1995) director Mike Figgis will head the jury while Karel Och, the artistic director of the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival, Samal Yeslyamova, the winner of the Best Actress Award at the Cannes Film Festival, Lee Sinje, the recipient of the New Talent Award at the Berlin International Film Festival, and Suh Youngjoo, the Chief Executive Officer of Finecut Co., Ltd. were appointed as jurors.

Last year’s winners were Savage (2018) by director Cui Si Wei, recognized for its outstanding scenery and elaborate character composition and Clean up (2018) by Kwon Man-ki, which dealt with an intense subject matter revealed through a momentous mise-en-scène. As its name demonstrates, the New Currents section of the Busan International Film Festival has discovered new waves in Asian cinema. Representative directors from New Currents include Kore-eda Hirokazu; Jia Zhangke; Eric Khoo; Tan Chui Mui; Aditya Assarat; Park Jung-beum; Kim Uiseok; and Kim Bora. Furthermore, The Horse Thieves. Roads of Time (2019) by director Yerlan Nurmukhambetov who won the New Currents Award in 2015 and Moonlit Winter (2019) by director Lim Daehyung who was an awardee of the NETPAC Award of New Currents section in 2016 were selected for this year’s opening and closing film respectively. The New Currents Award will be bestowed to two films at the closing ceremony and each director will receive 30,000 USD.

New Currents Nominees
(*Titles in Alphabetical Order)

Title: Among the Hills
Director: Mohammad Reza KEYVANFAR
Country: Iran
Premiere: World Premiere

Title: Boluomi
Director: LAU Kek Huat, Vera CHEN
Country: Taiwan
Premiere: World Premiere

Title: Diapason
Director: Hamed TEHRANI
Country: Iran
Premiere: World Premiere

Title: The Education
Director: KIM Dukjoong
Country: Korea
Premiere: World Premiere

Title: Haifa Street
Director: Mohanad HAYAL
Country: Iraq, Qatar
Premiere: World Premiere

Title: John Denver Trending
Director: Arden Rod CONDEZ
Country: Philippines
Premiere: International Premiere

Title: Just Like That
Director: Kislay KISLAY
Country: India
Premiere: World Premiere

Title: Lucky Monster
Director: BONG Joon-young
Country: Korea
Premiere: World Premiere

Title: My Identity
Director: SUZUKI Sae
Country: Japan
Premiere: World Premiere

Title: An Old Lady
Director: LIM Sun-ae
Country: Korea
Premiere: World Premiere

Title: Over the Sea
Director: SUN Aoqian
Country: China
Premiere: World Premiere

Title: A Road to Spring
Director: LI Ji
Country: China
Premiere: World Premiere

Title: Rom
Director: TRAN Thanh Huy
Country: Vietnam
Premiere: World Premiere

Title: Running to the Sky
Director: Mirlan ABDYKALYKOV
Country: Kyrgyzstan
Premiere: World Premiere

The 24th Busan International Film Festival will be held from Thursday, Oct 3 to Saturday, Oct 12
Asian Film Market 2019 will be held from October 5 to October 8, 2019

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