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Family Ties Takes Top Prize in Greece

2006/12/04 | 204 views | Permalink | Source

Korean hybrid ensemble drama Family Ties ("The Birth of a Family") was awarded the Golden Alexander for best film at the 47th Thessaloniki International Film Festival, which had a ten day run ending November 26th. Director Kim Tae-yong was pleased to receive the top prize worth more than US$48.000 at an awards ceremony held at the Olympion Theater.

The film made a strong impression on both the Greek public and the festival jury, winning both the Audience award for best film in international competition and sharing the award for Best Screenplay with Brazilian film Suely in the Sky.

Success didn't stop there. Family Ties ("The Birth of a Family") also picked-up the Best Actress award, which the jury felt all four actresses in the 3-piece film deserved. Moon So-ri, Go Doo-shim, Gong Hyo-jin, and KIM Hae-ok shared the prize.

The film, which examines a trio of dysfunctional relationships that are seemingly unconnected, was also invited to both the Tokyo and Toronto International Film Festivals, before winning the top award in Thessaloniki.

It is the third feature from director Kim Tae-yong. His previous films were the documentary "On the Road, Two" (2005) and his debut "Memento Mori" (1999), a horror film which he co-directed with Min Gyoo-dong.

Nigel D'Sa (KOFIC)

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