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A tale of forbidden love between a Hindi dancer and a Muslim sculptor, “Vara: A Blessing” buries pearls of wisdom within a mundane portrait of Indian provincial life and a plot as homespun as any melodrama. Nevertheless, the ravishing visuals and an abundance of classical Indian dance and music provide a sensory tonic in this first English-language effort directed by Bhutanese lama Khyentse Norbu (“The Cup,” “Travelers and Magicians”). The Busan fest opener will find a core following among Buddhists worldwide, and those into Eastern spirituality will enjoy pondering the interconnectedness of religion, art and love as expressed here.
“Vara” reps a step up in production polish for Norbu, working with an internationally high-profile crew that includes Wong Kar Wai’s regular editor, William Chang, and top indie lenser Bradford Young (“Ain’t Them Bodies Saints,” “Mother of George”), to name a few. Yet something has arguably been lost in »
- Maggie Lee
Seoul – The Busan film festival will open with dance drama “Vara: A Blessing,” the third film by Buddhist monk Khyentse Norbu, and the first time that the South Korean festival has not opened with either a local Korean or a Chinese film.
The event spans the gamut of Asian film-making. The festival (Oct. 3-12) will close with “The Dinner,” a family melodrama that is the third film by Korea’ Kim Dong-hyun and a movie that previously attended Busan’s Asian Project market at development stage.
In between the two, the Busan festival will screen a further 299 films from 70 countries, including 65 feature film world premieres and 40 international premieres. Its 12-title ‘New Currents’ competition section is entirely made up of world premieres.
The competition selection ranges from single shot experimental movie “The Story of an Old Woman” by Kazakhstan’s Alexey Gorlov, to road movies dealing with the theme of immigration in »
- Patrick Frater and Nemo Kim
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