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Busan festival looks to unearth gems of Asian film

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A Bhutanese film directed by a monk opens Asia’s largest cinema festival in South Korea on Thursday, a selection organisers say celebrates the diversity of talent in a region where box office takings are overshadowing Hollywood. 

Handout photo shows director Khyentse Norbu (R) on the set of Bhutanese film "Vara: A Blessing"

"Vara: A Blessing" directed by Khyentse Norbu -- who will miss the festival because he is taking part in a silent mountain retreat -- is the first of 301 movies to be screened at the 18th Busan International Film Festival (BIFF).

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