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  • PIFF’s New Currents Delivers Two Winners
  • Oct 25, 2006
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    The jury of the 11th Pusan International Film Festivals New Currents section appointed two winners this year: Malaysian feature Love Conquers All and the Chinese film Betelnut. Director TAN Chui Muis Love Conquers All was regarded as a strong contender for the award, while Betelnut - directed by YANG Heng was a surprise choice.
     
    TAN Mui Chui is a renowned independent filmmaker who previously won acclaim for her short films. Love Conquers All is her feature film debut. The film's plot, about a woman arriving from the countryside to Kuala Lumpur and the disappearance of a man who tried hard to win her heart, is told in a subtle way.
     
    YANG Hengs Betelnut depicts several young people spending their summer in a small town in China. The laid-back summer is disrupted when they become wrapped up in romance, only to have their regular lives continue after the summer passes.
     
    Korean contenders for the New Currents award were PARK Heung-siks The Railroad and KIM Tai-siks Driving with My Wifes Lover, both of which had their world premiere at Pusan. In Driving with My Wifes Lover, a man intentionally takes the taxi of his wifes lover to confront him, only to realize that they might really be in love. The Railroad depicts two unhappy persons a man and a woman - thrown together during a night of heavy snow after they independently took the last train to the final stop before the DMZ.
     
    The New Currents program is aimed at discovering new talents, and is the most high-profile award of the festival. This years jury was headed by director Istvan Szabo, an Academy Award winner from Hungary. Acclaimed Korean actress MOON So-ri was also a member of the jury.
     
    Yi Chang-ho (KOFIC)
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