The Busan International Film Festival in South Korea is back at full strength after the pandemic. We recall milestones in its history and consider what makes it special. Photo: Busan International Film Festival
The Busan International Film Festival in South Korea is back at full strength after the pandemic. We recall milestones in its history and consider what makes it special. Photo: Busan International Film Festival

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Busan International Film Festival: the history, the scandals and the winners at Korea’s ‘Cannes of Asia’

  • As Korea’s major international film festival returns with a full programme, we look back at the highs and lows of the ‘Cannes of Asia’
  • From the Sewol ferry disaster documentary that led to boycotts, funding cuts and a resignation, to hit films premiered at Busan, here’s all you need to know

The Busan International Film Festival in South Korea is back at full strength after the pandemic. We recall milestones in its history and consider what makes it special. Photo: Busan International Film Festival
The Busan International Film Festival in South Korea is back at full strength after the pandemic. We recall milestones in its history and consider what makes it special. Photo: Busan International Film Festival
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