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BAMSEOM PIRATES Wins Wildflower Grand Prize

Apr 24, 2018
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JANE Picks Up 4 Prizes at 5th Edition of Indie Films Awards

JUNG Yoon-suk’s sophomore documentary Bamseom Pirates Seoul Inferno (2017) became the first ever documentary film to pick up the Grand Prize at the Wildflower Film Awards, which held their fifth edition on Thursday, April 12.

A documentary following a punk band and their experiences with government censorship, Bamseom Pirates Seoul Inferno follows previous Wildflower Grand Prize winners such as YOON Ga-eun’s The World of Us (2016), LEE Su-jin’s HAN Gong-ju (2014) and PARK Jung-bum’s Alive (2015). 

Hong Sangsoo’s 20th film The Day After (2017), which debuted in competition at the Cannes Film Festival, earned the prize for the Best Narrative Film, while MOON Chang-yong and JEON Jin took home the award for Best Documentary Film for Becoming Who I Was (2017), which debuted at the Berlin International Film Festival.

The top prize winner of the night was CHO Hyun-hoon’s indie drama Jane (2017), which debuted at the Busan International Film Festival in 2016. CHO’s work picked up four prizes, including the Best Actress award for LEE Min-ji, Best Screenplay for Director CHO and his co-writer KIM So-mi, Best Cinematography for CHO Young-jik and Best Score, which went to Flash Food Darlings.

The Best Actor Prize went to KEY Joo-bong of LIM Dae-hyeong’s indie drama Merry Christmas Mr. Mo (2017), which also debuted at Busan in 2016. Director LIM also picked up the Best New Narrative Film Director Prize. The award for Best New Documentary Director went to KIM Young-jo of Still and All (2017).

Other prizes went to O Seung-hun, who picked up the Best New Actor Award for Method (2017) and KIM Sun-young, winner of the Best Supporting Actor accolade for Communication & Lies (2017). Meanwhile, AN Bo-young earned the Best Producer Award for PARK Suk-young’s Ash Flower (2017).
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