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Korean film wins NETPAC prize at German Film Festival

2005/02/21 Source

"This Charming Girl (Yeoja Chonghye)", a Korean film depicting the daily life of a lovelorn young woman, won the Network for the Promotion of Asian Cinema (NETPAC) prize at the Berlin International Film Festival, on Saturday (Feb. 19).

For "This Charming Girl", the festival's official Web site wrote on Saturday that the award was given " for its subtle and precise cinematic portrayal". The NETPAC prize goes to the best film among new Asian productions in the festival's non-competition section, known as the Forum.

The film, directed by debutant Lee Yeon-gi and starring Kim Ji-soo, will be released here on March 10. It received the top prize at the Busan International Film Festival last year and was also shown in the competition session of Sundance Film Festival last month.

South African film "Carmen in Khayelitsha" received the top honor of the Berlin International Film Festival, the Golden Bear.

The Xhosa-language film, directed by Mark Dornford-May and starring Pauline Malefane, was selected by the jury as the best film in the competition. The runner-up Silver Bear award went to the Chinese film "Peacock", directed by Gu Changwei.

Best actress award went to a German, Julia Jentsch, for playing the title role in "Sophie Scholl _ The Final Days". The film's director, Marc Rothemunds, won best director.

The jury, headed by Roland Emmerich, the director of "Independence Day" and "The Day After Tomorrow", chose Lou Taylor Pucci as best actor for his role as an insecure teenager in the U.S. film "Thumbsucker".

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