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SKorean, Mongolian movies win awards at Busan fest

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October 12, 2013 05:13 AM EST | AP


SEOUL, South Korea — SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Movies from South Korea and Mongolia have won $30,000 New Currents Awards for emerging filmmakers at Asia's largest film festival.

Busan International Film Festival organizers said Saturday that the festival's biggest prizes went to "Pascha" by South Korean director Ahn Seonkyoung and "Remote Control" by Mongolia's Sakhya Byamba. It's the first time a Mongolian movie entered and won the competition in Busan.

The awards, given to first- or second-time Asian directors, show the festival's efforts to discover and support the region's new talents.

The organizers said "Pascha," an unusual love story between a 40-year-old woman and a 19-year-old man, won the jury's heart with its highly original expression. They said "Remote Control" neatly portrayed tensions between reality and fiction.

The 10-day festival that ended Saturday drew more than 200,000 visitors.