Quentin Tarantino is certainly not afraid of the “Big Bad Wolves.” In fact, the neo-noir kingpin was so enamored with the Israeli thriller after viewing it at a South Korean film festival over the weekend that he took to the microphone and declared it the best film of 2013.

“Big Bad Wolves,” from directors Aharon Keshales and Navot Papushado, is a gritty story of a vigilante cop (Lior Ashkenazi) chasing a child murderer. It’s one of the darkest films to ever come out of the Israeli film industry, and it’s been praised for its sophistication and subtlety.

The film, which played in official selection at the Tribeca Film Festival, was screened on Friday at the Busan International Film Festival in Busan, South Korea. Tarantino was at the fest to hold a talk with iconic South Korean director Bong Joon-ho. The talk, which was moderated by Variety’s chief film critic Scott Foundas, focused on the duo’s mutual admiration for each other and their work.

The director Quentin Tarantino. (photo credit: Wikimedia)

The director Quentin Tarantino. (photo credit: Wikimedia)

On Tuesday, Tarantino released his annual “10 Best” list, providing a run-down of the ten pictures the Academy-Award winning director feels lead the pack over the past twelve months. He had obviously not yet seen “Big Bad Wolves,” however, because after popping unannounced into Friday’s screening in Busan, he took the microphone at the post-film Q&A and peppered the directors with questions before gushing, “This is not only the best film of Busan, it is the best film of the year.”

Kwenton Bellette of twitchfilm.com, a Canadian film news website, posted afterward that he was at the screening and agreed with Tarantino’s gushing review.

“We love the film on Twitch and are so happy and excited to share Tarantino’s praise and goodwill for the film,” Bellette wrote. “I spoke briefly with Navot [Papushado] who was extremely giddy and excited.”