The 22nd Busan International Film Festival, which opened Oct. 12 and ends Saturday, seemed to be in better shape this year.

Last year, various South Korean film industry groups boycotted Asia’s biggest film event, which for the past three years has been caught up in a scandal precipitated by the Busan mayor’s objection to BIFF showing a documentary that criticized the government’s handling of the Sewol ferry disaster. The city, which is BIFF’s main sponsor, was accused of throttling free speech, and it retaliated by prosecuting the festival director for embezzlement.

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