Filmmaker tapped to top New Currents

French filmmaker Jean-Jacques Beineix has been tapped to top the New Currents jury at the 14th Pusan Film Festival, which runs Oct. 8-16.

Beineix, best known for “Diva,” will be joined by Turkish director Yesim Ustaoglu (“Waiting for the Clouds”), Thai helmer Pen-ek Ratanaruang (“Invisible Waves”), Taiwanese thesp Terri Kwan (“Prince of Tears”) and Korean d.p. Kim Hyung-koo (“The Host”). Section highlights emerging Asian directors and awards two winners a prize of $30,000 each.

The fest debuts the Flash Forward Award, with a focus on non-Asian directors. Producer Marianne Slot (“Dancer in the Dark”), Cannes Directors’ Fortnight topper Frederic Boyer and Alissa Simon, Palm Springs fest programmer and Variety film critic, comprise the Flash Forward jury.

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