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MONSTRUM Gobbles Up Audience Award in Sitges
Oct 22, 2018
- Writerby Pierce Conran
Catalonian Fantastic Fest Hands Anima’t Short Film Prize to THE WHEEL TURNS
Korea’s first ever period creature feature Monstrum has picked up the Audience Award from the Panorama Fantàstic section of this year’s 51st Sitges International Fantastic Film Festival of Catalonia. Also on the prize winners list was KIM Sang-joon’s The Wheel Turns, which earned the Best Short Film Prize from the Anima’t section.
From Countdown (2011) and The Advocate : A Missing Body (2015) director HUH Jong-ho, Monstrum features KIM Myung-min, KIM In-kwon (The Tower, 2012), Girl’s Day pop star LEE Hye-ri in her feature film debut, CHOI Woo-shik (Okja, 2017), LEE Gyoung-young (Inside Men, 2015) and PARK Sung-woong (New World, 2013) and had its international premiere in Sitges, where it screened among over 200 titles from around the world.
Pandora (2016) star KIM Myung-min plays a general in Joseon-Era Korea who is brought back from retirement to investigate rumors that a vicious monster is roaming the hills beyond the palace walls. Monstrum was released in Korea on September 12, just ahead of this year’s Chuseok holiday, and welcomed over 700,000 spectators. It is being represented for international sales by Finecut and has already scored several distribution deals, including one with the streaming service AMC Shudder, which will release the film in North America.
The Wheel Turns, a co-production between South Korea, Japan and the United States, tells the story of a subway operator whose daily monotony is shaken up when he encounters a mysterious pair of people on the tracks who conceal fog beneath their hoods.