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Oliver Stone named head juror of BIFF's competition section

All Headlines 14:31 August 21, 2017

SEOUL, Aug. 21 (Yonhap) -- World-renowned American filmmaker Oliver Stone will visit this year's Busan International Film Festival (BIFF) as head juror of its New Currents competition category, the festival said Monday.

Stone gained global fame after his film "Platoon" (1986) earned him Best Director at the Academy Awards, a Golden Globe and a Silver Bear from the Berlin International Film Festival. Another film, "Born on the Fourth of July" (1989) also brought him the honor of winning Best Director at the Academy Awards and Golden Globes.

Stone's films have constantly examined modern history with critical insight and significant cultural impact. These films include "Salvador" (1986), deeply critical of the U.S. government's involvement in Central America; "Wall Street" (1987), an expose of America's new capitalism; "W." (2008), a satirical view of former U.S. President George W. Bush; and "Snowden" (2016), a feature film that follows American whistleblower Edward Snowden.

New Currents introduces works of up-and-coming first and second-time Asian directors.

Four other jurors named are Iranian director Bahman Ghobadi; French cinematographer Agnes Godard; Lav Diaz, a filmmaker of the Philippines; and South Korean director Jang Sun-woo.

The 22nd edition of the film festival is scheduled to run from Oct. 12 to 21 in the southeastern port city of Busan.

This file photo shows U.S. director Oliver Stone who was named head juror of New Currents at this year's Busan International Film Festival set to open on Oct. 12 in Busan. (Yonhap)


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