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Silver Ravens for SEOUL STATION, THE PHONE in Brussels
- Writerby Pierce Conran
The Brussels International Fantastic Film Festival (BIFFF) brought its 2016 edition to a close on April 10th, during which a pair of Korean films, YEON Sang-ho’s Seoul Station and KIM Bong-joo’s The Phone, went home with the event’s second place prize, the Silver Raven.
Seoul Station, which had its world premiere at BIFFF, is the third feature animation from director YEON, whose previous film The King of Pigs (2011) and The Fake (2013) bowed at the Busan and Toronto International Film Festivals, respectively, and went on to screen to great acclaim around the world, earning scores of awards in the process.
Seoul Station focuses on the beginning of a zombie epidemic that breaks out around the main train station of Korea’s capital. The film will be followed by YEON’s live-action debut Train to Busan, which will see the disease spread to a high-speed train traveling south. Train to Busan will have its world premiere next month as a midnight screening at the Cannes Film Festival.
The Phone, which stars Hide and Seek (2013) lead SON Hyun-ju, is the directing debut of KIM Bong-joo, who in the past has been an assistant director on films such as The Divine Weapon (2008), Running Turtle (2009), The Yellow Sea (2010) and Over My Dead Body (2012). The Phone found 1.59 million viewers (USD 10.69 million) following its domestic release last October.