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THREE and A BALANCE Pick Up New Currents Awards in Busan

Nov 06, 2020
  • Writerby Pierce Conran
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LIM Sung-mi and Ji-soo Take Actor & Actress of the Year Awards at BIFF


This year’s 25th Busan International Film Festival wound to a close last Friday, October 30 and receiving this year’s top prizes from the New Currents competition section were Three, from Korean-Uzbek filmmaker Ruslan PAK, and the Japanese film A Balance by HARUMOTO Yujiro.

Three, a co-production between South Korea, Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan, focuses on a true life search for a serial killer in Kazakhstan in 1979. It is the second film by PAK, who had already received positive notices for his 2012 debut Hanaan. Likewise, A Balance is also a sophomore film, following HARUMOTO’s 2016 effort Going the Distance.

The Actor & Actress of the Year Awards, which are reserved for performers in Korean titles, this year went to LIM Sung-mi, who leads Jero YUN’s Fighter, and Ji-soo of Our Joyful Summer Days, directed by LEE Yu-bin. Fighter also received the NETPAC Award.

Among the Korean narrative features, LEE Hwan’s Young Adult Matters picked up a DGK-Megabox Award and a KTH Award, JUNG Wook’s Korean Academy of Film Arts feature Good Person also earned a DGK-Megabox Award as well as the CGV Arthouse Award, while LEE Woo-jung’s SNOWBALL won the second KTH Award and LIMECRIME from directors LEE Seung-hwan and YOO Jae-wook was given the KBS Independent Film Award.

This year’s KIM Ji-seok Awards went to the Afghanistan-Iran co-production Drowning in Holy Water from Navid MAHMOUDI and Abbas AMINI’s The Slaughterhouse from Iran. Ronnie SANDAHL’s Sweden-Italy-Denmark co-production Tigers prevailed in the Flash Forward competition, voted for by the audience, and the FIPRESCI Award was handed to the Chinese work Summer Blur by HAN Shuai.

For the BIFF Mecenat Award in the documentary competition, the Iran-Germany co-production The Art of Living in Danger by Mina KESHAVARZ and LEE Soo-jung’s local feature Sister J triumphed, while LEE Dong-woo Self-portrait 2020 was given a special mention.

The Sonje Awards for Best Short went to the British-Mongolia film Mountain Cat by Lkhagvadulam PUREV-OCHIR in the Asian Competition and Jayil PAK’s Georgia triumphed in the Korean Competition.
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