Korean rookie director Park Jung-bum's The "Journals of Musan" won the Tiger Award at the 40th Rotterdam International Film Festival on February 4 in the Netherlands. It also scored the FIRPRESCI Award, given by the International Federation of Film Critics. "The Journals of Musan" is the story of a North Korean defector struggling to live in South Korea. Park Jung-bum served as the first assistant director on Lee Chang-dong's film "Poetry", which won Best Screenplay at the 2010 Cannes Film Festival, and he was director, screenplay writer and actor for his debut film, "The Journals of Musan", which was invited to the Pusan International Film Festival and won both the New Currents Award and the FIRPRESCI Award in 2010. The shooting of the film was supported by KAFA of KOFIC, March 2010.
Korean Presence at Rotterdam International Film Festival 2011/01/26, Source, The International Film Festival Rotterdam (IFFR) describes itself as offering "a quality selection of independent, innovative and experimental cinema, video and media art". Celebrating its 40th edition this year, IFFR will run January 26-February 6.
Rotterdam's Bright Future section, featuring "first or second films by filmmakers from whom the festival expects a lot in the future" is comprised of 80 titles selected from 38 countries this year,...More
Director gets to heart of defectors' struggle 2010/12/30, Source,
Director Park Jung-bum has been praised in Korea as the year's best new director. [JoongAng Ilbo]
Despite the increase in the number of North Korean defectors in South Korea, there are few films or television programs that show what their lives are like once they arrive.
So when "The Journals of Musan" - which tells the story of a North Korean defector's escape and resettlement in South Korea - was screened at film festivals earlier this year, it caught the attention of critics, festival judges and the media. The film focuses on how defectors deal with living in a capitalist society and their struggle to fit in,...More
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