Kim So-yong's prize-winning auto-biographical second feature "Treeless Mountain" opened the 16th Adana Golden Boll Film Festival running June 8 – 14. Director KIM and the film's two leading child actors Kim Hee-yeon-I and Kim Seong-hee attended the red carpet opening ceremony.
Jury president and Cannes award-winning Turkish director Nuri Bilge Ceylan introduced the film, saying he found Korean cinema interesting and followed it closely. Treeless Mountain tells the story of two unwanted young sisters shuffled off by their mother onto their alcoholic aunt and then on to their grandparents.
The film has played at numerous film festivals around the world. Director KIM is Korean-American and debuted with the feature "In Between Days". "Treeless Mountain" is her first film made in Korea. It won the Prize of the Ecumenical Jury in Berlin, Best Film in Dubai, the Netpac Award in Pusan and the Filmex Special Jury Prize in Tokyo.
11th Seoul Int'l Youth Film Festival 2009/06/12 (Source) The 11th edition of the Seoul International Youth Film Festival (SIYFF) is to kick off this July 9 for a one week run. The fest stands out in that both the participants and reporters covering the event include children. Its line-up this year boasts a 124 films from 33 countries.
Korean Presence 12th Shanghai Int'l Fest 2009/06/12 (Source) The 12th edition of the Shanghai International Film Festival (SIFF) is underway June 13 -21 with Korean presence strong throughout including 2 films in competition, and a retrospective on veteran director IM Kwon-taek who will also preside over the 5-member Asian New Talent international jury.
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