Shin Su-won emerged as the only one of five Korean film directors to win an award at this year's Cannes Film Festival. She collected the Canal+ Prize for best short film for "Circle Line", which tells the story of a middle-aged man killing time on a Seoul subway train as he tries to keep from his family the fact that he was recently made redundant.
Shin, who studied German at Seoul National University, worked as a middle school teacher for some 10 years from 1990 in Seoul. But the School of Film, TV & Multimedia at Korea National University of Arts completely changed her life. At the age of 34, she told her husband and children that she needed a change of direction, quit her job and enrolled.
Several years later in 2007, she used W25 million (US$1=W1,180) from her pension to make the autobiographical film "Passerby #3", which earned her awards at the Tokyo International Film Festival and Jeonju International Film Festival.
Shin will start filming her next project, "Pluto", soon. The movie sets out to critically examine a highly competitive society by following a group of students at an elite high school.
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