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‘Madonna’ awarded at Hawaii film festival

The Korean film “Madonna” nabbed the Halekulani Golden Orchid Award for Best Narrative Feature at the 35th Hawaii International Film Festival on Sunday, local time.

According to its domestic distributor, Little Big Pictures, on Monday, “Madonna,” the third feature of acclaimed female director Shin Su-won that also won entry to Cannes, was named the winner out of 12 other entries, of which “Madonna” was the only film from Korea.

The highly socially conscious film digs into the poignant lives of women, especially those who are in difficult situations, by tracing the story of a prostitute nicknamed Madonna who was one day found in a coma with a baby in her womb.

Up-and-coming actress Kwon So-hyun plays the tragic character, while Seo Young-hee plays a contract nurse who takes the lead in investigating the mysterious woman’s history.

The festival, which opened Nov. 12 with the Korean period drama “The Throne,” has featured several other Korean films, such as Choi Dong-hoon’s “Assassination” and Hong Sang-soo’s “Right Now, Wrong Then.”

On Thursday, Ha Jung-woo, who played the lead role in “Assassination,” won the Renaissance Award, which was newly established this year, for his contribution in promoting the Asia-Pacific film scene.

The festival runs until Sunday.

By Jin Eun-soo
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