Oliver Stone tapped to lead Busan International Film Festival Jury

by Busan Haps Magazine
Stripes Korea

According to Variety, Oliver Stone has been named president of the competition jury for this year’s Busan International Film Festival. The move is being viewed by some as a political statement in light of ongoing controversy with the festival.

Joining Stone will be Iranian director Bahman Ghobadi (“A Time for Drunken Horses”), French cinematographer Agnes Godard (“The Dreamlife of Angels”), Philippines director Lav Diaz (“From What is Before,” “The Woman Who Left”), and Korean director Jang Sun-woo (“Lies”).

Variety reports that Stone, who is well known for his films and personal stance criticizing governments, greed, collusion and corruption, matches well with the slate of controversy surrounding the Busan International Film Festival:

The Busan festival is still in turmoil nearly three years after it stood up to political interference from city authorities, acting as proxies for a nationalist and now disgraced right-wing government. The aftermath of the festival’s decision to screen a controversial documentary in its 2014 edition has caused two of its chiefs to be prosecuted and damaged the reputations of prominent figures who have tried to straighten out matters.

Last year a partial boycott of the festival by some members of the Korean industry, left the 2016 program in tatters and caused audience numbers to drop. It is unclear whether the ill-feeling from inside Korea will again hit the 2017 edition.

The film festival is scheduled for Oct 12-21.

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