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Hong Sang-soo named best director at Locarno

Hong Sang-soo named best director at Locarno

By Stephen Cremin

Sun, 18 August 2013, 19:30 PM (HKT)

Festival News

HONG Sang-soo 홍상수 | 洪常秀 (pictured right) won best director at the 66th Locarno Film Festival | Festival del film Locarno (7-17 Aug 2013) last night for his new film, Our Sunhi 우리 선희 (2013).

Hong received prize money of CHF30,000 (US$32,400) for the drama about a female graduate who returns to her university to receive a recommendation letter from her professor. It opens in South Korea on 12 Sep 2013.

It was one of four Asian films in the twenty-title International Competition, alongside KUROSAWA Kiyoshi 黒沢清's Real リアル~完全なる首長竜の日~ (2013), AOYAMA Shinji 青山真治's Backwater 共喰い (2013) and CHANG Tso-chi 張作驥's A Time in Quchi 暑假作業 (2013).

Alberto Serra's Story of My Death — featuring an encounter between Casanova and Dracula — won the festival's top award, the Golden Leopard, and prize money of CHF90,000 (US$97,200). It was the festival's first win for a Spanish film.

The jury was headed by Philippines' film-maker Lav DIAZ, with jury members from Chile, Greece, France and Switzerland. Diaz's Norte, the End of History Norte, hangganan ng kasaysayan (2013) had a special screening at the festival.

The only other Asian feature recognised on Saturday night in the official awards was Nontawat NUMBENCHAPOL นนทวัฒน์ นำเบญจพล's documentary By the River สายน้ำติดเชื้อ (2013), which received a Special Mention in the Filmmakers of the Present competition.

Organisers announced a slight increase in admissions this year to 162,919 — from 161,680 in 2012 — over the eleven-day event. Next year's 67th edition will take place 6-16 Aug 2013.

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