‘The Wailing’ wins big at Sitges FestivalThe mystery-thriller “The Wailing,” directed by Na Hong-jin (“The Yellow Sea”) and starring high profile actors Hwang Jung-min (“New World”) and Kunimura Jun (“Like Father, Like Son”), was awarded the Best Film of the Focus Asian Selection and Best Cinematography at the 49th Sitges International Fantastic Film Festival, held in Barcelona, Spain from Oct. 7 to 16.
“I’m very glad to be able to have been honored with the award,” said the movie’s director of photography Hong Kyung-pyo after nabbing the best Cinematography award. “I want to express gratitude to all the staff members and director Na Hong-jin.”
The film, which hit local theaters in May and sold more than 6.8 million tickets, became the first Korean movie to receive the Best Cinematography award at the Spanish film festival.
The Best Film of the Focus Asian Selection award is also very meaningful in that “The Wailing” won over other competitive Korean megahits “Train to Busan,” “The Handmaiden” and “The Age of Shadows.” The mystery-thriller became the third Korean film after “New World” (2013) and “Veteran” (2015) to be given the honor.
By Jin Min-ji