JEON's Girl In Competition at the Fribourg Film Festival

Director Jeon Soo-il's independent feature "With a Girl of Black Soil" is in competition at the Fribourg International Film Festival, running March 1 8 in Switzerland. The film will compete along with 12 other features for the Regard d'or, the festival's top prize worth US$30 000. Now in its 22nd year, Fribourg, focuses primarily on films from across Asia, Africa and Latin America.

JEON's Girl is a moving minimalist portrayal of a young girl who takes on heavy cares, living with a mentally-handicapped brother and a down-on-his-luck-and-drinking father. The film screened last year in Venice, Pusan where it won the NETPAC award and Marrakech where its child actress Yoo Yeon-mi won the best female interpretation award.

Fribourg also invited two Korean short films, Fever by YEO Jae-min and Mono Love Song by Zoe Min-suk. Additional Korean highlights include Park Chan-wook's "Sympathy for Lady Vengeance" (2005) and Bong Joon-ho's "Memories of Murder" (2003) in the Noir Total section, and a complete retrospective on director Lee Chang-dong.

Nigel D'Sa (KOFIC)