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"Dooman River" awarded at Russian film festival

2010/12/14 Source

Still image from film "Dooman River" [Courtesy of PIFF]

South Korean-French co-production "Dooman River" by Korean-Chinese auteur Zhang Lu won two awards at a film festival in Russia last week.

A press release by the film's distributor Indie Story said the film, Zhang's sixth feature, won the prizes for best director and best actress at the International Film Festival "East-West" held in Orenburg of Russia from December 1 to 5.

The film tells of the friendship between North Korean defector boy Jung-jin and a Chinese born Korean boy Chang-ho, set in the community around the Tumen River, the boundary line dividing North Korea and China.

Yoon Ran, who won the best actress award for her role as Soon-hee, the older sister of Chang-ho.

The same film had won the NETPAC (Network for Promotion of Asian Cinema) Awards at Pusan International Film Festival (PIFF) in Busan held in October this year.

Other well noted works by Zhang include "Grain in Ear" (2005) which was invited to the 59th Cannes Film Festival and also won the grand prize at the 41st Pesaro Film Festival.

"Dooman River" has also been invited to the 36th Seoul Independent Film Festival which opened on December 9 to be screened on December 10 and 14.

Back by financial aid from the Korean Film Council, "Dooman River" will open in local theaters next spring.

Still image from film "Dooman River" [Courtesy of PIFF]

Reporter : Heidi Kim heidikim@
Editor : Jessica Kim jesskim@
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