• Mon / 7 October 2019 / 16:37
  • Category: Culture and Art
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Shahed Ahmadlou nominated in Busan Film Fest.

Shahed Ahmadlou nominated in Busan Film Fest.

Tehran (ISNA) – Iranian film “Cinema Donkey” directed by Shahed Ahmadlou was chosen as one of the eight nominees from “A Window on Asian Cinema” section of 2019 Busan International Film Festival to get Kim Ji-seok award which is given to Asian talents.

“Cinema Donkey” is a self-reflective comedy about filmmaking which tells a story of a film crew who need a donkey for a number of scenes.

Iranian actor-turned-director Shahed Ahmadlou’s “Cinema Donkey” is in the running for the prize, as is Pakistani actor and director Sarmad Sultan Khoosat with “Circus of Life.”

Across the border, from India, Gurvinder Singh, whose 2011 debut feature “Alms for a Blind Horse” premiered at Venice and played Busan, and whose 2015 feature “The Fourth Direction” bowed at Cannes, will compete with “Bitter Chestnut”. Also from India, Pradeep Kurbah, known for 2013’s “RI: Homeland of Uncertainty” and 2016’s “Onaatah: Of the Earth” is in the running with “Market”.

From Japan, young filmmaker Nakagawa Ryutaro, known for festival favourites “Summer Blooms,” “Tokyo Sunrise,” and “August in Tokyo,” is in contention with “It Stopped Raining.” So too is “The Promised Land” by veteran compatriot Zeze Takahisa, who has been winning awards globally since 1989.

Thailand’s much decorated multihyphenate Kongdej Jaturanrasamee is in the fray with “Where We Belong.”

With the exception of “Where We Belong” and “The Promised Land” that are international premieres, the rest are world premieres.

The three member jury deciding the prize comprises Iranian filmmaker Mohsen Makhmalbaf, Huh Moonyung, program director of the Busan Cinema Center, and Malaysian director Tan Chui Miu, who won the festival’s New Currents award in 2006 for “Love Conquers All”. They will select two finalists who will receive a prize of $10,000 each.

The 24th Busan International Film Festival will be held October 3-12 in Busan, South Korea hosting 303 films from 85 countries.

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