'Breathless' wins in Vladivostok

Korean feature takes top prize at Pacific Meridian festival

SEOUL -- “Breathless,” an indie feature by South Korean director Yang Ik-june won the grand prize and best actress award at the 7th Vladivostok International Film Festival “Pacific Meridian,” which ended Friday.
The festival, devoted to films of Asian Pacific countries and held annually in the Russian Far East port city, brought over 200 films and was headed by a jury including directors Chow Wing Keung (Hong Kong), Iwai Sunji (Japan) and Leonid Rybakov (Russia).
During Friday’s closing ceremony, the festival’s jury also awarded “Jerrycan” by Australian helmer Julius Avery for best short film, and “Swimming Lesson” by Singapore’s Kat Goh as the special mention. Best actor went to China’s Li Zhizhong for his role in “Jalainur” and best actress to Kim Kobbi from “Breathless.”
“Firaaq,” by Indian director Nandita Das was given the Special Jury Award for raising concerns on the critical social conflict in the Gujarat region. The festival’s best director award went to Sean Baker for the film “Prince of Broadway.”
Pacific Meridian closed with the screening of “Tsar,” director Pavel Lungin’s latest feature starring veteran actor Oleg Yankovsky, who made the film his last. The festival garnered the most attention before its opening by inviting Catherine Deneuve as a festival guest.