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October 13, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Two filmmakers, one from South Korea, the other from Iran, have shared the top prize at the Busan International Film Festival, which has emerged as Asia’s top film festival. The jury, led by Iranian director Asghar Farhadi, selected Kim Daehwan’s End of Winter and Hoonan Seyedi’s 13 for the $30,000 prizes, awarded for first- or second-time Asian filmmakers. Both films focus on family dynamics, but the jury said that they went beyond the issues of family turmoil and expressed "what it means to be a human being." Farhadi, whose own film, A Separation — also dealing with family conflict — won the Best Foreign Film Oscar in 2012, praised the two filmmakers for their ability to portray feelings that were "very close to real life." The 10-day festival closed on Saturday after drawing a record attendance of 226,473 film aficionados who were treated to more than 300 films, including the closing film, the world premiere of Hong Kong director Lee Po Cheung’s drama, Gangster Pay Day.