TEHRAN (FNA)- The Bussan Film Festival in South Korea awarded its top prizes Friday to new directors from Iran and the Philippines.
The festival in the port city of Bussan is one of Asia's most important showcases, focusing on emerging Asian talent with its top prizes.
The $30,000 US New Currents prize went to Filipino director Loy Arcenas for Nino, a portrait of the decline of a wealthy family.
Iran's Morteza Farshbaf won the other New Currents prize for Mourning, which follows the story of a deaf-mute couple left to care for a young boy after his parents are killed in a car accident.
The first-time director said he hoped his film revealed something of the lives of common people in Iran.
"There is a lot of myself in this film - my heart and my soul -so I am honored by the fact that this festival chose my film to be in this competition," Farshbaf said.
This year, the Bussan Film Festival was celebrating the opening of a lavish new multiplex that is to be its headquarters.
But the $156-million theatre quickly became an embarrassment as rainwater poured through the roof.
Festival director Lee Yong-kwan acknowledged Friday that there were structural problems in the building, which was completed just last month. Part of the building had to be closed to the public because of the leaks.