Indian filmmaker and Busan juror Anurag Kashyap (“Bombay Velvet”), says that he is grateful to Korean cinema for being a major influence on his work. Speaking at the New Currents jury press conference on Friday, Kashyap singled out Korean director Park Chan-wook for his “J.S.A.: Joint Security Area” (2000) and “Oldboy” (2003). “I was first exposed to Korean cinema and the Busan festival 15 years ago, and it was a real eye opener,” Kashyap said.
The jury is headed by producer-director-actress Sylvia Chang who was elated with her best actress nomination Friday at Taiwan’s Golden Horse awards. She stars in Johnnie To’s “Office” (which plays in the festival’s Window on Asian Cinema), which she co-wrote as an adaptation of her stage play “Design For Living.”
Responding to media a question about her status as a pin up for a whole generation, fellow juror and actress Nastassja Kinski played down the compliment. Instead Kinski said that she was lucky to be at Busan as the next step on her film journey.