Kayan, 36 take New Currents awards at close of Busan fest
The 17th Busan International Film Festival (BIFF) wrapped yesterday (Oct 13) with a record of more than 221,000 admissions.
The two New Currents awards went to Maryam Najafi’s Lebanese-Canadian film Kayan [pictured] and Nawapol Thamrongrattanarit’s Thai film 36 which also picked up the FIPRESCI Award. The Flash Forward award went to Zdenek Jirasky’s Czech film Flower Buds.
On the morning of the closing ceremony, the New Currents jury chairperson Bela Tarr explained they lauded both their awardees for inventive and versatile cinematic language. They also gave a Special Mention to Indian director Nitin Kakkar’s Filmistaan saying: “we are not allergic to having a simple, good time at the movies.”