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Korea's Busan International Film Festival's budget is slashed, but its ambition is not

Korea's Busan International Film Festival's budget is slashed, but its ambition is not

The Busan International Film Festival just started its 20th anniversary run, with plenty of drama on screen and off.

The opening night film on Thursday was the world premiere of the Indian drama "Zubaan," which tells the story of a young Indian man who moves to a big city to pursue his dream of success as a musician but becomes consumed by bigger questions about his life. The festival's closer on Oct. 10 is "Mountain Cry," a Chinese film about a death in a rural community.

Behind the scenes in Busan, there have been changes and controversy. Earlier this year, the Korean Film Council announced it was cutting the festival's funding by about half, from $1.3...

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