Magazine article Variety

Nine Asian Films in the Hunt for Kim Ji-Seok Award

Magazine article Variety

Nine Asian Films in the Hunt for Kim Ji-Seok Award

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NINE FILMS CHOSEN from Busan's A Window on Asian cinema strand will vie for the festival's annual Kim Ji-seok award this year.

Japan's Kazuya Shiraishi, whose debut feature "Lost Paradise in Tokyo" was a Busan New Currents award nominee in 2009, is in the running for the Kim Ji-seok prize with "Dare to Stop Us." Award-winning Singaporean director Daniel Hui ("Snakeskin") is in contention with "Demons"; China is repped by Zhan Wei's "The Rib."

India's Devashish Makhija, whose "Ajji" premiered at Busan in 2017, is a nominee for "Bhonsle" this year, alongside compatriot Praveen Morchhale ("Walking With the Wind") for "Widow of Silence." Celebrated Sri Lankan filmmaker Asoka Handagama ("Let Her Cry") is nominated for "Asandhimitta"; Indonesian filmmaker Ravi Bharwani ("The Rainmaker") has "27 Steps of May" in the running.

Jamshid Mahmoudi, whose 2014 film "A Few Cubic Meters of Love" was Afghanistan's entry to the foreign-language Oscar race, is a nominee for Afghanistan/ Iran co-production "Rona, Azim's Mother. …

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