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  • 1987, BATTLESHIP and LAST CHILD Earn Prizes in Udine
  • by Pierce Conran /  May 08, 2018
  • Political Drama Wins Golden and Black Mulberry Awards in Italy

    The jam-packed 20th edition of the Far East Film Festival in Udine (FEFF) wound to a close on April 28 as it handed out its awards for the year, which skewed heavily towards Korean films. The big winner of the fest was JANG Joon-hwan’s political drama 1987: When the Day Comes (2017), which picked up the first place of the Golden Mulberry Award, voted on by all audience members, as well as the Black Mulberry Award, voted on by the Black Dragon pass holders.

    The third work by JANG, who previously helmed Save the Green Planet (2003) and Hwayi: A Monster Boy (2013), 1987: When the Day Comes (2017) chronicles the real-life story of the aftermath of a student protester’s death at the hands of security agents in Seoul. The sprawling story features KIM Yun-seok (The Priests, 2015), HA Jung-woo (Along with the Gods: The Two Worlds, 2017), KIM Tae-ri (The Handmaiden, 2016) and YOO Hae-jin (A Taxi Driver, 2017), among others.

    The Golden Mulberry Prizes are awarded to the top three highest-scoring films of the festival. Beyond 1987: When the Day Comes in the first place, the director’s cut of RYOO Seung-wan’s period prison escape drama The Battleship Island (2017) won the third place Golden Mulberry Prize. Second place went to UEDA Shinichiro’s zombie One Cut for the Dead from Japan.

    Meanwhile, SHIN Dong-seok’s debut indie drama Last Child (2017), which competed in the New Currents section of the Busan International Film Festival last October, earned the inaugural White Mulberry Award, a jury prize reserved for works by first or second-time filmmakers.

    All told, 14 Korean films were screened in Udine this year, including YANG Woo-suk’s North Korean action-dram Steel Rain (2017), which served as the opening film.
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