Korean films win at European fests

Three directors take prize in France, Holland and Greece

HONG KONG -- Korean films have picked up prizes at a trio of overseas festivals which wrapped in the past days.
 
The Golden Mongolfiere, the top prize at the Festival des 3 Continents in Nantes, France was Monday awarded to "Bandhobi" by director Shin Dong-il. The film is a domestic drama about a schoolgirl who cannot tolerate her mother's succession of younger lovers.
 
"Iron Crows" directed by Park Bong-nam was named as best mid-length film at the prestigious International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam which wrapped its 22nd edition on Sunday. The film examines the working conditions at the world's largest ship-breaking yard, in Bangladesh.
 
Last week, first time director Lee Seo's "Missing Person" won the prize for Artistic Achievement at the 50th running of the Thessaloniki International Film Festival in Greece (Nov. 13 – 22). The film was previously named best film at the Jeonju festival in May and will go on Korean domestic release on Dec 17.
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