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HOTEL BY THE RIVER Tops Busan Film Critics Awards

Dec 05, 2019
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LEE Jung-eun and KI Joo-bong Take Top Acting Prizes in Busan

Auteur Hong Sangsoo topped this year’s 20th Busan Film Critics Association Awards by taking the Best Film prize for his film Hotel by the River. The indie film also picked up the Best Actor Prize for its lead KI Joo-bong.

Hotel by the River, Hong’s 23rd film, initially debuted in competition at the Locarno International Film Festival last year, where KI also picked up the Best Actor prize.

Meanwhile the Best Actress Award went to LEE Jung-eun, for her breakout role as the housekeeper in BONG Joon-ho’s PARASITE, and LEE Kang-hyun’s indie film Possible Faces was selected for a Jury Prize.

Busan’s film critics decided to award both KANG Jin-a and CHO Min-kyung as Best New Performers, for their roles in To My River and February, respectively. The Best New Director prize was similarly split, between LEE Sang-geun for the disaster-comedy hit EXIT and KANG Sang-woo for the documentary KIM-GUN (2018).

Finally, the Technical Award went to KANG Kuk-hyun, the cinematographer of KIM Bora’s House of Hummingbird. The awards ceremony for this year’s Busan Film Critics Awards will take place on December 13 at the Korean Film Center in Busan’s Centum district.

To commemorate their 20th anniversary, the Busan Film Critics Association is also hosting screenings of three past Korean works, Viva! Love (2008), M (2007) and Gooseflesh (2001). 
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