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'Secret Sunshine' Heads to Academy Awards

2007/09/11 | 123 views | Permalink | Source

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A Korean film that won actress Jeon Do-yeon top honors at this year's Cannes Film Festival will be the nation's submission for the Academy Awards next spring in the category for Best Foreign Language Film.

The Korean Film Council announced Monday that the choice of "Secret Sunshine" was made by six judges who assessed the overall quality, distribution capacity and public recognition of three films submitted for consideration.

The panel said they did not simply evaluate quality but chose the film they deemed most suitable to the U.S. awards ceremony's selection process. They described "Secret Sunshine" as a human story of one person's struggles with life which seemed most appropriate for the awards as it is built on Jeon's strong emotional performance.

The Academy Awards, commonly known as the Oscars, is one of the most prominent and most watched annual film awards ceremonies in the world. Each country is allowed to submit one film for consideration in the Best Foreign Language Film category. Korea has yet to take home an Oscar for best foreign film.

Reported by KBS WORLD Radio

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