Pinterest
NewsLetter DailyWeekly
 
My HanCinema | Sign up, Why ? Your E-mail   Password    Auto| Help
HanCinema :: The Korean Movie and Drama Database, discover the South Korean cinema and drama diversity Contact HanCinema HanCinema on TwitterFaceBook HanCinema PageHanCinema on Twitter

`Spring' Wins Best Foreign Film of Golden Aries

2004/12/12 | Permalink | Source

By Lee Yong-sung
Staff Reporter

"Pom, Yorum, Kaul, Kyoul . . . Kurigo Pom (Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter... And Spring)", the multiple award-winning Buddhism-inspired fable directed by Kim Ki-duk, won Best Foreign Film in Russian Distribution at last Saturday's Golden Aries National Award of Film-critics and Film-press in Moscow.

Founded by the Russian Guild of Film Scholars and Film Critics in 1992, the award, often dubbed the "Russian Academy Award", has grown to be one of the most authoritative film awards in Russia, through its comparatively short history. Among its 14 award categories, the best foreign film award is especially known for its emphasis on artistic excellence, rather than commercial popularity.

Kim's film was applauded at the award ceremony, while his other movie "Bin Jip (3-Iron)" had also joined the competition for the award. The story of an enervated woman locked in violent and one-sided love, "Empty House" won him Silver Lion Award for best director at the 61st Venice Film Festival in last September.

"Spring" become the winner through a ballot of the expert council composed of film critics and journalists. Out of the total 39 ballots, the 10th feature film of the acclaimed Korean director won 18 votes, an easy win over "3-Iron", which received 10 votes.

Set in an idyllic Korean valley, "Spring" describes a young child and his Buddhist master, who live in a temple that floats on a lake. The camera observes quietly the younger man's experiences during the seasons of his life; it witnesses his departure for the world beyond the lake and, finally, awaits his return to the center of the lake and the cycle of the seasons.

The film also has been the key contributor to making the 43 year-old controversial movie director one of the best-known Korean film directors in the world, as it has been invited to a few renowned international film festivals including Sundance and Bangkok Film Festival. First released in two theaters in New York and six theaters in Los Angeles in past April, the film brought in some $42,000 (48.7 million won) on its first weekend and was ranked as that week's third most popular independent film in the U.S.

Although Kim wasn't able to make appearance during the ceremony, Nam Jin-su, Culture and PR director of the Korean Embassy in Moscow received the award on be half of Kim. With three Korean films _"3-Iron", "Old Boy" and "Taegukgi"_ currently been screened in Russia, the award is expected to accelerate the cultural exchanges between the two countries.

Attention You're reading the news with potential spoilers, make them spoiler free, dismiss


 

 

 Previous news
  • Korean Film Wins Best Foreign Film Award in Russia
    2004/12/12 (Source)

    The Korean film "Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter and Spring" has won the Russian Guild of Film Critics' award for best foreign film. Also known as the Golden Aries Award, the movie directed by Kim Ki-duk was cited as the top pick by the 39 judges with the prestigious guild.
    The other candidates for,...
    More

  • CJ CGV to multiply current screen number to 600 screens
    2004/12/12 (Source)

    Multiplex movie theater CJ CGV that will offer stocks for subscription next week, said that the movie house plans to amplify current screen number of 25 sites(movie theater) and 203 screen level to 70 sites as well as 600 screens by the upcoming 2007.

    CJ CGV explained regarding the company's pl,...
    More

  • [Local Films With English Subtitles]
    2004/12/10 (Source)

    ■ My Generation (2004)
    Daily at 11:20 a.m., 1:10 p.m., 3 p.m. 7:10 p.m. and 8:50 p.m.
    Hyperteque Nada
    Directed by Noh Dong-seok, the movie "My Generation" depicts the lives of a poor and very introverted couple in love. The man hopes to become a film director but works photographing peop,...
    More

Subscribe to HanCinema Pure to remove ads from the website (not for episode and movie videos) for US$0.99 monthly or US$7.99 yearly (you can cancel anytime). The first step is to be a member, please click here : Sign up, then a subscribe button will show up.

Settings

Remove ads

Sign up

Sharing

Activate

Spoilers

Visible, hide

Movie of the week

Learn to read Korean in 90 minutes or less using visual associations