|‘Return to Burma’ running for major award at film fest|
|Tuesday, 11 October 2011 00:00|
BUSAN - A movie shot secretly in Myanmar is in the running for a major award at Asia's top film festival this week with its director
saying he wanted to portray the "real" state of life in the country.
The film is among 13 wildly diverse productions from 12 countries vying for two New Currents awards at the 16th Busan International Film Festival (BIFF), open to first or second-time Asian filmmakers and carrying prizes of US$30 000.
"It is very personal," Midi Z said of the film, the title of which uses Myanmar's alternative name. "Most of the film belongs to my own experiences."
Other countries represented in this year's New Currents include Sri Lanka, Vietnam and Iran, and the collection of films reflects the "incredible diversity and talent" of Asian filmmaking, according to veteran Taiwanese director Yonfan, who heads the awards jury.
Filipino director Loy Arcenas has produced "Nino", a family drama set within the world of opera, and said he had focused his attention on how human beings behave.
"It is a small film but that is the beauty of this award - it gives small filmmakers a chance to find an audience."
priest, and "Starry Starry Night" from Tom Lin Shu-yu, based on a Taiwanese fairytale about two children who run away from home.