BIFF 2013: ScreenAnarchy's 10 Picks for the 18th Busan Film Festival

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The Busan International Film Festival, the largest film celebration in Asia, is just a few days away and ScreenAnarchy is packing its bags and heading to the beachside Korean town. I will be making my second trip to the fest and joining me for his first go-round will be Kwenton Bellette, who is making the trip all the way from Melbourne.

I saw a lot of great films at BIFF last year and am expecting more of the same this time around but, with 301 films on the program, from countries as diverse as Bhutan and Tajikistan no less, it's easy to get lost with so much on offer. To make things a little easier for any of you joining us for Asia's number one film event, Kwenton and I have picked the five films that have us the most excited.

Busan kicks off on Thursday (October 3rd) and will run all the way to the 12th during which time ScreenAnarchy will do its very best to unearth all the best that the fest has to offer.

Scroll through the gallery below to find out our top 10 picks of the festival.


Kwenton Bellette contributed to this story.

Blue Is the Warmest Color (Abdellatif Kechiche, France)

The Cannes Palm d’Or winner that also has its fair share of controversy, but besides this and its prestige I am most looking forward to Blue is the Warmest Color because it is an epic love story with two phenomenal leads and an unmatched attention to detail and obsessive style. (Kwenton)

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  • sitenoise

    Pascha (Ahn Seon-kyoung, South Korea) ... If this is the same woman who directed A Blind River (Kwihyang) [2009], I'm incredibly excited and not surprised that Pascha is creating buzz. "A Blind River" was a powerful and well executed film. As far as I know I was alone in thinking that. If Pascha wakes a few people up to Ahn's talent maybe a reassessment will occur and more folks will see her debut.

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