Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche’s new film, “Vara: A Blessing,” to open Busan International Film Festival in Seoul

Still from Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche's new film, "Vara: A Blessing"

This week, renowned Buddhist teacher and filmmaker Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche (The Cup, Travelers and Magicians; he releases films under the name Khyentse Norbu) posted the following on Facebook:

“At long last I am happy to announce that my film Vara has been accepted at the Busan Film Festival in Korea. And I am especially honored to be chosen for the opening film of the festival. I hope this will be an encouragement to all the obscure filmmakers as this has been a big encouragement to myself.

“I have always have had the highest regard for the Busan Film Festival for their equanimity to all kinds of films big or small budget. My first film (The Cup) did very well at Busan and once again it’s good to know my third film Vara will be there.”

Specifically, Vara: A Blessing, a musical drama that “uses South Indian classical dance, Bharatanatyam, to tell a story of beautiful love, self-sacrifice, and a woman’s strength in adversity,” will be the first film shown at the Busan International Film Festival in Seoul, October 3. Three hundred other films are slated for screenings through October 12, and Variety has posted an initial overview here.

Film still from the official website for Vara: A Blessing.