Monday, October 06, 2008

Malaysian/Japanese co-production film project wins the top award in Pusan, Korea.

13th pusan

6 Oct 2008 13:42

"Malaysian director Yasmin Ahmad's 'Forget-Me-Not', which is being produced by Japan's Wa Entertainment, picked up the $20,000 Pusan Award at the closing of the Pusan Promotion Plan (PPP) on Monday night.

The project tells the story of a Malay girl who goes to visit her relatives in Japan after her Japanese grandmother dies. The cash award is granted every year by Busan Metropolitan City.

'Poetry', which is being directed by Korea's Lee Chang-dong (Secret Sunshine) was awarded the $20,000 Kodak award for a Korean project. Fine Cut is handling international sales of the project, about a woman in her mid-sixties living in poverty who endeavors to compose a poem for the first time in her life.

The $10,000 Busan Film Commission (BFC) Award went to Chinese director Zhang Yuan's Executioner Garden, a grisly tale set in a Shanghai prison, to be produced by Beijing Jingle Culture Development Co.

Korean-French co-production A Brand New Life, to be directed by Ounie Lecomte, picked up the $10,000 OKF Fund award, which is presented by the Overseas Korean Foundation to a project from an overseas Korean.

The Goteborg Film Festival Fund gave its award, designed to support the selected filmmaker's travelling and accommodation costs, to Iranian director Mona Zandi's The Bride.

The Wooridul Award, newly launched this year for Korean projects, went to Jung Bum-shik's Eugenia.

This year, the PPP scaled back on the number of projects to a more manageable 30 compared to 35 last year. Around 500 meetings were held during market's four days (Oct 3-6)."

- Liz Shackleton, Screen Daily.