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'Thirst' Wins the Jury Prize at Cannes

2009/05/25 | 168 views | Permalink | Source

Director Park Chan-wook's latest film "Thirst" has won the Jury Prize at the Cannes International Film Festival. The award is his second honor at Cannes, following the Grand Prix in 2004 for his cult classic "Old Boy". At its Cannes presentation the powerful and enigmatic story of a priest-turned-vampire received mixed reviews. Some have rated it the best film of the year, while some were skeptical about the overly complex symbolism of the film. Nonetheless, all members of the jury agreed that the film left a very powerful and lasting impression on the audience.

"Thirst" is one of four Korean movies that won awards in the festival's competitive section. The first one was venerable director Im Kwon-taek's "Chihwaseon", which garnered the Best Director Prize in 2002. Two years later director Park Chan-wook won the Grand Prix for "Old Boy", followed by actress Jeon Do-yeon's Best Actress Award in 2007 for her impressive performance in "Secret Sunshine".

Meanwhile, the Palme d'Or Award went to "The White Ribbon" directed by Michael Haneke of Austria.

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