By Lee Hyo-won
The 2nd Chungmuro International Film Festival in Seoul (CHIFFS) came to an end Thursday, with the Grand Prize going to the 2007 Serbian film "Trap" by Srdan Golubovic.
At the closing ceremony held in the National Theater of Korea, director Michael Cimino and four other jury members awarded the modern film noir with the newly launched competition section's top honor ($30,000). The Special Jury Prize ($5,000) went to Aida Begic's "Snow", a co-production from Bosnia-Herzegovina, Germany, France and Iran.
"A total of 13 films from different parts of the world competed for the Grand Prize. Each work enabled the viewer to see a unique culture and history of a people, and was very moving. The jury members spent three long hours debating the contending works, and were finally able to narrow it down to two", said Japanese film critic Ken Terawaki on behalf of the jury.
Other awards ($3,000) included "Discovery of CHIFFS", which went to South Korean director Heo Jin-ho
, and the Audience Award, which went to "Mad Detective" from Hong Kong (co-directed by Johnny To and Wai Ka-fai).
The festival featured some 170 films from about 40 countries screened from Sept. 3 to 11 with a concentration on retro and classic movies in Chungmuro, downtown Seoul, which is traditionally considered to be the birthplace of Korean cinema.
The closing event was attended by stars such as director Im Sang-soo
and French actress/producer Lise Bellynck, who were also part of the jury. Also present were veteran actor Ahn Sung-ki
and Hong Kong screen beauty Michelle Charlie Young, who appears opposite Nicolas Cage in the newly released film "Bangkok Dangerous". Popular comedians from MBC's hit program "Infinite Challenge", Park Myung-soo
and Jung Joon-ha
also made an appearance ― dressed up as "Batman's" Joker and "Kung Fu Panda's" Poe, respectively.