2nd Award for YEON Sang-ho's Sophomore Feature
The Fake has picked up the prize for Best Animation at the recently wrapped Festival Internacional de Cide de Gijón in Spain. It shared the prize with Bill Plympton’s Cheatin’. YEON Sang-ho’s sophomore film The Fake recently completed a one-week theatrical engagement in Los Angeles to qualify for Academy Awards consideration and just had a successful domestic opening after attracting almost 13,000 viewers since its opening on November 21st.
Last year, LEE Sang-woo earned the Best Director award at the fest for his 2011 work Barbie. YEON’s Gijón prize was the second for The Fake, following its Best Animation triumph at the Sitges International Fantastic Film Festival of Catalonia. The film premiered in the Toronto International Film Festival’s Vanguard section in September.
YEON’s debut The King of Pigs (2011) was also a hit film on the festival circuit. It premiered at the Busan International Film Festival, where it earned a trio of awards, and went on to screen at dozens of other events.
A retrospective on HONG Sangsoo was also held at Gijón this year, which included screenings of both of the auteur’s 2013 entries, Nobody’s Daughter Haewon and Our Sunhi, as well as his debut The Day a Pig Fell Into a Well (1996), Virgin Stripped Bare By Her Bachelors (2000), Turning Gate (2002), Woman is the Future of Man (2004), HaHaHa (2010) and last year’s In Another Country.
This year’s 51st edition of the Festival Internacional de Cide de Gijón ran from November 15th to 23rd.