'Poetry' Wins Korean Critics' Prize

"Poetry," a film by helmer Lee Chang-dong, won the best picture and best screenplay awards for the 30th Korean Critics Award. The Korean Film Critics Assn. announced the winners for the awards on Thursday.

"Poetry" is about an amateur poet who seeks to discover the meaning of beauty and literature through personal tragedies in her life. The film won best screenplay at this year' Cannes International Film Festival and was widely praised by critics.

Separately, the director Jang Hoon ("Rough Cut") of "Secret Reunion" won the best director prize and Kang Dong-won, who played a North Korean spy in the film, was named best actor.

Lee, a novelist-turned-filmmaker, debuted with the film "Peppermint Candy" in 2000 and served as the Korean Minister of Culture and Tourism during the last presidential administration.

The award ceremony will take place Nov. 8 at Seoul's press center.