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  • Vesoul Awards 10 MINUTES Cyclo d’Or
  • by Pierce Conran /  Feb 21, 2014
  • Consecutive Top Awards for Korean Films in France

    For the second year running, a Korean film has been recognized with the top prize at the Vesoul International Film Festival of Asian Cinema. For this year’s 20th edition, the Cyclo d’Or was awarded to LEE Yong-seung’s debut feature 10 Minutes. Last year’s top Vesoul accolade went to O Muel’s artful Jeju Massacre film Jiseul.
    In 10 Minutes, a young man becomes an intern in a government office, all the while preparing for his producer’s exam. When a higher-up promises him a fulltime job he weighs the pros and cons of going after his dream or settling for a stable job. However, when he does decide to take it, he ends up being passed over for someone else.
    LEE’s film debuted in the New Currents section of last year’s Busan International Film Festival, where it picked up the KNN Movie Award (an audience-awarded accolade) and the FIPRESCI Prize. 10 Minutes also featured in the Forum section of the 64th Berlin International Film Festival, which wound to a close last Sunday.
    Previous to the two consecutive awards, the last Korean film to earn the Cyclo d’Or was ZHANG Lu’s Grain in Ear back in 2006. This year’s 20th Vesoul International Film Festival of Asian Cinema unspooled from the 11th to 18th of February.
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