BIFF 2013: 18th Busan International Film Festival

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For the next week and a half, there’s an excuse for some of our favorite actors and stars to gather together, or just plain mosey on down to the beach for Busan’s 18th Annual International Film Festival. This year the festival sets to screen close to 300 films from October 3-12th, over 7 theaters throughout Busan, Haeundae and Nampodong.
Film Festivals always grab my attention, for at times, a movie I adore, or want to get my sticky hands on makes the screening. This year, quite a few have found their way into various festivals and BIFF is no different. For Vara and Kadal hold that place for me.

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The festival officially started today, hence the influx of star power, but the first screening begins with Bhutan film Vara: A Blessing‘s international premiere.

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Vara is adapted from Sunil Gangopadhyay‘s short story Rakt Aar Kanna and uses Bharatanatyam dance as a backdrop to express the story of two lovers with differing backgrounds, religious aspirations and personal dreams. The film is directed by Khyentse Norbu and stars Goswami Shahana, Ranjan Devesh ,Raj Rohit ,Pawan Pankaj ,Chandran Geeta ,Ghosh Swaroopa ,Ganesshan Rajah.
Though it may not be surprising that both films highest on my interest list take place in India, my intrigue has very little to do with location but with subject matter. For on paper, both films read identical, with themes of religion and social class, love and separation, while one chooses to embody that through visual artistry and physicality, the other broaches it through scholarly and altruistic means.

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Kadal is a tale of the journey to forgiveness and salvation through the love story of a wrongly imprisoned young priest and a local girl, directed by Mani Ratnam starring Karthik Gautham ,Nair Thulasi ,Sarja Arjun and Swamy Arvind.

*** For a full listing of films, descriptions and screen dates check out the official website — BIFF

When stars are snapped arriving or departing airports, I’m always just a tad interested because, in their own way, airports have become their own fashion runways or venues. For it’s rare to see a celebrity, any celebrity, photographed looking the way I look when I board a flight. Perhaps, it’s because I’m lazy, hate shoes and care more about comfort than Couture but mostly I’m sure it’s because no one is stalking me with flashbulbs and if they were, they’d remedy their mistake almost as soon as the shutter blinks.
So without further ado, see if you spot some of your faves walk the flight exchange runway as they trek down South.

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