‘Rona, Azim’s Mother’ wins Kim Jiseok Award at BIFF

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Ajoint Iran-afghanistan fea­ture movie ‘Rona, Azim’s Mother’, di­rected by Jamshid Mah­moudi, won the Kim Jiseok Award at the 23rd Busan In­ter­na­tional Film Fes­ti­val.

The flick is a stir­ring and beau­ti­fully acted drama about the plight of a fam­ily of Afghan refugees liv­ing in Iran, re­al­ized with great econ­omy and emo­tional power.

The Kim Jiseok Award cre­ated this year to honor a late BIFF pro­gram­mer by the same name jointly went to Mah­moudi’s fea­ture film and Zhang Wei’s ‘The Rib’.

Typhoon Kong-rey forced BIFF to can­cel or re­lo­cate some of its events in­doors right af­ter the film fes­ti­val opened on Oc­to­ber 4. De­spite it, how­ever, the 23rd BIFF drew a to­tal of 195,081 at­ten­dees — up from 192,991 recorded last year — be­fore the fes­ti­val closed its 10-day sched­ule.

This year’s event hosted 324 films from 79 coun­tries, led by the open­ing film ‘Beau­ti­ful Days’. The num­bers were also up from last year’s 300 films from 76 coun­tries.

A to­tal of 115 of this year’s in­vited films world pre­miered at BIFF.

The top awards in the main com­pe­ti­tion cat­e­gory, the New Cur­rents Award, went to ‘Sav­age’ by Chi­nese di­rec­tor Cui Si Wei and ‘Clean Up’ by Korean di­rec­tor Kwon Man-ki.

‘Sav­age’ de­picts a gru­el­ing con­fronta­tion be­tween a po­lice­man and a group of crim­i­nals against the back­ground of snow-topped Mount Paektu, ex­plor­ing the hu­man in­stinct to sur­vive in ex­treme sit­u­a­tions and blur­ring the line be­tween who is good and evil.

‘Clean Up’ is a story of a woman who lost her son. She meets a home­less man while she makes ef­forts to over­come her son’s death. The meet­ing con­jures up the long-for­got­ten mem­ory of her dark his­tory, bring­ing to the fore a ques­tion of sal­va­tion and for­give­ness.

The BIFF Me­ce­nat Award was given to James T. Hong’s ‘Open­ing Clos­ing For­get­ting’ and Park Kyung-kun’s ‘Army’, while Kwon Sung-mo and Ashish Pandey took Sonje Award with their ‘Cat Day Af­ter­noon’ and ‘Nooreh’ re­spec­tively.

BIFF is at cross­road “in our ef­forts to find out whether we should come up with a set of for­mats of what we have done for the past 23 years”, Lee Yong-kwan, the chair­man of the fes­ti­val’s board of direc­tors, said.

“The most dif­fi­cult task of all is defin­ing what it means to host an off­line fes­ti­val at a time of preva­lent on­line (en­ter­tain­ment),” he added.

“(BIFF) needs to find ways to main­tain its lead lo­cally and glob­ally at time when Asia is shed­ding its pres­ence at the fringes of the West and be­com­ing the cen­ter,” Lee said, adding that the Busan fes­ti­val also need to find its com­pet­i­tive edge over ri­val film fes­ti­vals in Bei­jing and Tokyo.

The fes­ti­val’s 23rd edi­tion opened Oct. 4 as Typhoon Kong-rey ap­proached the South Korean port city and wrapped up on Oc­to­ber 13.

Prom­i­nent Ira­nian painter Er­fan Shahyad is hold­ing an ex­hi­bi­tion ti­tled ‘Seizure’ at Tehran’s Vista Gallery un­til Oc­to­ber 22, 2018. MO­JTABA Arabzadeh/honaron­line.ir


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