Park Jung-bum’s ‘Alive’ wins indie film award
Park Jung-bum’s “Alive,” a poignant survival story of a laborer, won the Grand Prize at the ceremony that took place on Thursday evening in Seoul.
Directors Shin Su-won of “Madonna” and E Il-ha of “A Crybaby Boxing Club” were granted Best Director awards for the narrative and documentary sectors, respectively.
For Best Actor and Actress, Jung Jae-young of last year’s Locarno winner “Right Now, Wrong Then” and Lee Jung-hyun of “Alice in Earnestland” took the trophies.
Kwon So-hyun, who has her roots in theater, won Best New Actor, for her portrayal of a mysterious streetwalker in “Madonna.”
“Scary,” directed by Yang Byoung-khan and starring Gu Yun-hee, won the Special Achievement Award. The offbeat film achieved the unprecedented feat last year of expanding its number of screens weeks after its initial release due to word-of-mouth hype.
The awards were established in 2014 by Seoul-based film critic Darcy Paquet (pictured left) and renowned film critic Oh Dong-jin in order to acknowledge and support Korean independent cinema.
“A well-made film is like a present to me,” Paquet said at the ceremony. “All the staff and actors are gifts, and I think this event is not a place to compete but an opportunity to thank everyone.”
By Jin Eun-soo