Busan Fest to Spotlight Rare Indie Films From Russia's Sakha Republic

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'While There Is Wind' by Sergey Potapov

The Asian festival also announced selections featuring many Chinese works for New Currents, its main competition section to be judged by Oliver Stone.

The Busan International Film Festival (BIFF) announced on Thursday that it will dedicate a special section to films from the Sakha Republic, Russia's far eastern federal subject also known as Yakutia.

The 22nd edition of the fest, which will run in October in the South Korean city of Busan, will provide a rare chance to explore modern Sakha cinema through seven feature-length works and five shorts. The showcase dubbed "Sakha Cinema: World of Magical Nature and Myth" will spotlight the past 30 years of the region's film scene, including works that date back to the 1990s.

BIFF is not new to presenting pieces from the region. "Following the premiere of Bonfire by Dmitri Davidov in Busan last year, Sakha cinema has been presented across international film festivals including the Berlinale," said a statement released by BIFF.

Meanwhile, the festival also announced the 10 finalists for New Currents, its main competition section of works by up-and-coming Asian filmmakers to be judged this year by Oliver Stone.

This year's selection features heavily on works hailing from Chinese-speaking territories: including End of Summer by Zhou Quan (China), One Night on the Wharf by Han Dong (China), Somewhere Beyond the Mist by King Wai Cheung (Hong Kong) and The Last Verse by Tseng Ying-Ting (Taiwan).

The Busan Film Festival will run Oct. 12-21.

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