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Bhutanese monk's film to open Busan film festival

September 03. 2013 6:35AM
Associated Press

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(AP) A Bhutanese monk's movie about a South Indian dance will open the Busan International Film Festival next month. Officials say it's the first time the continent's showcase film festival has chosen a movie from Bhutan for the red carpet event.

Festival director Lee Yong-kwan said Tuesday that "Vara: A Blessing" will be shown Oct. 3 and has interesting themes the festival wants to uncover. Filmmaker Khyentse Norbu can't attend the glitzy showing of his third feature film because of a scheduling conflict with religious training.

The 10-day festival will end with "The Dinner," a South Korean movie about an ordinary family's misfortunes.

The fair will screen 301 movies from 70 countries, including features from Mongolia and Kazakhstan as well as blockbusters by veteran South Korean and Japanese filmmakers.

Associated Press

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