Art and Experience: “Parting”, an Iran-Afghanistan coproduction by Navid Mahmudi, received the jury’s special mention in the New Currents section of the 21st Busan International Film Festival (BIFF), which was held from October 6 to 15.
In this section, two Chinese films, Wang Xuebo’s “Knife in the Clear Water” and Zang Qiwu’s “The Donor”, shared the top award, the organizers announced on Saturday.
Moreover, Iranian cinematographer Mahmud Kalari was among the jury members in the New Currents section, which focuses on up and coming filmmaking talent from Asia.
“Parting” is about teenage lovers Nabi and Fereshteh who are separated by her family’s flight from Afghanistan. After years apart, Nabi decides to find Fereshteh and risk the hardship of flight and resettlement in Europe with a hope of a better life.
The film was selected as Afghanistan’s official submission to the foreign language Oscar category this year. However, the title appears to have been disqualified as it was omitted from the 85-title list published earlier last week.