Reza Ahmadi and Fereshteh Hosseini a scene from Navid Mahmoudi's "Parting."
Photo courtesy of the Busan International Film Festival
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A gripping drama depicting the harrowing plight of Afghan refugees is targeting Oscars history as it vies for the top prize at Asia's premiere film festival this week. Director Navid Mahmoudi was told shortly before making the trip to the 21st Busan International Film Festival that his debut film "Parting" was being put forward as Afghanistan's hope for best foreign language film at next year's Oscars.If it takes the top prize at the South Korean festival, "Parting" would become the first-ever film from the strife-torn country to take the prize. So it is with the two central characters in Mahmoudi's film – an Afghan couple reunited in Iran but looking to move to Europe by any means necessary.This year's BIFF opened last Thursday with the heart-warming drama "A Quiet Dream," from Chinese-born South Korean director Zhang Lu, who won the New Currents award back in 2005 with his debut feature "Grain in Ear".
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