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Asghar Farhadi to Lead New Currents Jury

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Director Asghar Farhadi will preside over the New Currents jury at this year’s Busan International Film Festival.

The 19th Busan International Film Festival finalized jurors for the New Currents competition section. The New Currents presents works by promising new directors from Asia including Korea; jurors will select 2 films for a 30,000 USD award each.

The New Currents section presents the current trend of Asian films; New Currents has been discovering and introducing new directors in Asia, initiating the globalization of Asian films. The winners of the New Current award will be honored and are expected to play major role in the future of Asian cinema.

Presided over by Asghar Farhadi, 5 jurors will discover up-and-coming Asian film talent. Asghar Farhadi, the head of the jury is a renowned director who received the Golden Bear for Jodaeiye Nader az Simin (2011) at the Berlin International Film Festival. His film The Past (2013) was invited to A Window on Asian Cinema at the 18th Busan International Film Festival. This year he is appointed the jury head.

The jury of the New Currents section consists of acclaimed filmmakers and professors. The other members of the jury are Dina Iordanova, Jacques Rancière, Suhasini Maniratnam, and Bong Joon-ho. Dina Iodanova is a professor at the University of St. Andrews and an avid writer of film festivals. Jacques Rancière is a professor emeritus at the University of Paris VIII and an esteemed French philosopher who has written in depth on film from philosophical perspective. Suhasini Maniratnam, Indian actress, director and screen writer, makes her second visit to Busan since she was invited for Kadal (2013) that she produced which was presented at the Gala Presentation in 2013. Bong Joon-ho directed Snowpiecer (2013), which was selected at the 2013 Asian Project Market and presented at the Gala Presentation of the 18th Busan International Film Festival.

The New Currents jury of 5 led by Asghar Farhadi will be in Busan come October, for a meticulous assessment of the 12 high-quality films selected for this year’s competition and a discovery of the Asian cinema potential.

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