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<Sleepless Night> takes Student Critics Award in Edinburgh
Jul 04, 2012
JANG Kun-jae’s drama <Sleepless Night> won the inaugural Student Critics Award at the recently concluded 2012 Edinburgh International Film Festival (EIFF) in Scotland. The jury praised JANG as a “young filmmaker with a refined talent. He has created a simple yet compelling story of modern romance in which the unremarkable becomes remarkable.”
JANG’s second feature, <Sleepless Night> premiered at the 2012 Jeonju International Film Festival where it took home both the JJ-Star Award for top Korean feature as well as the festival’s Audience Award. The film follows a young couple as they face everyday stressors such as work, finances and the pressure to have a child. JANG’s debut feature, <Eighteen>, was a festival hit in 2009-2010 and won the Vancouver International Film Festival’s Dragons & Tigers Award for Young Cinema.
EIFF’s Student Critics Award Jury is a new educational addition to the festival this year. The jury consists of a group of selected young critics who, with the mentorship of two established critics, develop their writing and critical thinking skills after viewing a special shortlisted program of films screening at EIFF, later choosing an overall winner.
Documentaries reigned EIFF’s award ceremony, with Penny Woolcock’s <One Mile Away> taking home the festival’s top prize, the Michael Powell Award for Best British Feature, and MAO Mao’s <Here, Then> winning Best Film in International Feature Competition.