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South Korean Actress Wins Cannes Award

2007/05/28 | 172 views | Permalink | Source

We begin in southern France, where Korean actress Jeon Do-yeon has claimed this year's Cannes film festival's best actress award for her performance in the tragic melodrama, "Secret Sunshine".
For more, our Cho Eunjung is on the line LIVE from the Arirang New Center.
Eunjung, this is the first time a Korean actress has won the award?

That's right Sunhee.
34-year-old Jeon Do-yeon won the best actress award at the 60th Cannes film festival.
She became the second Korean actress in 20 years to win a best actress award at one of the three major international competitions, Cannes, Berline and Venice.
Now, film critics around the world has been citing Jeon as one of the strongest candidates for the award at this year's Cannes.
In "Secret Sunshine" or Milyang in Korean, Jeon plays a newly widowed Shinae, who seeks to start a new life with her little son in her late husband's hometown.
In a cruel twist in the story, the little boy is abducted and killed, and Shin-ae turns to evangelical Christianity to deal with the overwhelming despair.
"Secret Sunshine"'s main theme evolves around how people overcome tragedies and continue on with their lives.
This is the first picture by director Lee Chang-dong since returning to the film industry after serving as the country's culture minister.

One last question then, do tell us about the other honors at the event.

Sunhee, "Secret Sunshine" was one of the two South Korean films competing for the Palme d'Or, otherwise known as Golden Palm, the highest prize given to a competing film.
The other film was Kim Ki-duk's "Breath".
But the highest honor went to the Romanian film 4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days about the harrowing journey of two women as they seek an illegal abortion in Communist Romania.
Russia's Konstantin Lavronenko won best actor for The Banishment.

Alright, Eunjung, thank you for the LIVE report.

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