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Korean Indie Film Wins at French Film Fest

2009/03/17 | 478 views | Permalink | Source

By Lee Hyo-won
Staff Reporter

"Breathless" by director Yang Ik-june won both the grand prize (Le Lotus du meilleur film) and the international critic's award at the 10th Deauville Asian Film Festival in France, which came to a close, Sunday. This is another feat in the international film circuit by the South Korean indie film, which recently won the top award at the 38th International Film Festival Rotterdam.

This is the second consecutive year the two coveted prizes went to a Korean movie at the esteemed event, following Jeon Soo-il's "With a Girl of Black Soil".

Numerous other local works appeared at the festival. Baek Seung-bin's "Members of the Funeral" competed in the competition section alongside "Breathless"; Na Hong-jin's hit film "The Chaser" and Kim Yunjin's big budget epic "The Divine Weapon" were shown in Action Asia; and Yoo Ha's controversial "A Frozen Flower" and Yoon Jong-bin's noir drama "The Moonlight of Seoul" were screened in the Panorama section.

The film festival also paid special tribute to Korean directors Lee Chang-dong and Lee Yoon-ki with a retrospective of their respective works, such as "Secret Sunshine" and "This Charming Girl".

"Breathless" will be released in theaters here in April.

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