“Blockage” selected for Busan New Current 

September 2, 2017

TEHRAN – The Iranian film “Blockage” will compete in the New Current category at the 22nd Busan International Film Festival (BIFF) in South Korea.

Nine other movies will be screened in the category dedicated to promising Asian filmmakers, the organizers have announced.

Directed by Mohsen Qarai, “Blockage” traces the overwhelming chaos that happens to a vicious, despicable man who works as a street vendor control officer.

“Ajji” by Devashish Makhija and “Ashwatthama” by Pushpendra Singh, both from India, are other entries for this section.

“End of Summer” by Zhou Quan and “One Night on the Wharf” by Han Dong China will represent Chinese cinema and “The Last Verse” by Taiwanese director Tseng Ying-Ting will be screened.
 
“Somewhere Beyond the Mist” by King Wai Cheung from Hong Kong has also been picked for the category.

The organizers also select “Last Child” by Shin Dongseok, “After My Death” by Kim Uiseok and “How to Breathe Underwater” by Ko Hyunseok from their homeland.

The U.S. director Oliver Stone will preside over the New Currents jury, whose members will include Iranian director Bahman Qobadi, French cinematographer Agnès Godard, Filipino director Lav Diaz and Korean director Jang Sun-woo.

The festival will take place in the South Korean city from October 12 to 21.

Iranian filmmaker Reza Haeri’s documentary “Sons of the Judge” has received a $5000-cash prize from the BIFF Asian Cinema Fund that aims to help creative, talented Asian filmmakers realize their artistic vision.

In addition, “Iran K9” a project by director Vahid Vakilifar and producer Maryam Najafi will be shown at BIFF Asian Project Market with 27 other projects from Asian countries.

Photo: Mohsen Kiai (L) and Hamed Behdad act in a scene from “Blockage”.

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