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Barcelona sun shines on LEE Chang-dong and JEON Soo-il

2008/05/08 | 370 views | Permalink | Source

The Barcelona Asian Film Festival's (BAFF) jury awarded "Secret Sunshine" (Miryang) the Cinematik prize. The winner of Cinematik is also secured of a release in Spain. "Secret Sunshine" is directed by Lee Chang-dong and stars Jeon Do-yeon and Song Kang-ho in a tale about a single mother's mental struggle after losing her young son.

Director Jeon Soo-il is also successful at BAFF, his "With a Girl of Black Soil" won the Golden Durian, an award for emerging talents. The panel in charge of selecting the Golden Durian winner included Pusan International Film Festival director Kim Dong-ho.

Both "With a Girl of Black Soil" and "Secret Sunshine were selected" for the Official Competition section. The audience voted Farah Khan's Om Shanti Om (India) as the most popular film with Kim Ki-duk's "Breath" a close second, according to BAFF's website. BAFF celebrated this year its tenth anniversary and the festival highlighted that BAFF is Barcelona's fastest growing film festival. Barcelona hosted the festival from April 25 until May 4.

Yi Ch'ang-ho (KOFIC)

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