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JEON Kyu-hwan Triumphs Again
Dec 04, 2012
- Writerby Pierce Conran
THE WEIGHT Wins Best Director at India Film Fest
Following a Best Director win last week at the Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival, JEON Kyu-hwan has once again struck gold (or rather silver) as his new feature The Weight earned him a Silver Peacock award for best director at the International Film Festival of India. The award came with a cash prize of INR 1.5 million (USD 27,600). Meanwhile, local film Anhey Ghorhey Da Daan picked up the Golden Peacock for best film. The 43rd IFFI, which ran from November 20th to 30th, screened around 300 films.
JEON’s fifth feature, following his town trilogy (Mozart Town, 2008; Animal Town, 2009; Dance Town, 2010) and From Seoul to Varanasi (2011) stars CHO Jae-hyun as a diligent mortician battling a disease. The film premiered at Venice where it picked up the Queer Lion prize and has since been making a strong impression on the festival circuit with high profile appearances at the Busan and Sitges Film Festivals among others.