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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.

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~, AOYAMA Shinji 青山真治's Backwater 共喰い and CHANG Tso-chi 張作驥's A Time in Quchi 暑假作業.

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 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, 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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