'Soil' rich at Deauville Asian fest


PARIS -- Jeon Soo-il's South Korean drama "With a Girl of Black Soil" received the Lotus prize for best film at the 10th annual Deauville Asian Film Festival. The film also took home the Lotus Air France International Critics prize at the festival, which kicked off Wednesday in the seaside town.

"Soil" has made waves along the festival circuit this year, winning both the C.I.C.A.E. award and the Lina Mangiacapre prize in Venice and earning a Golden Star award nomination at the Marrakech International Film Festival.

French director Patrice Chereau led a star-studded jury, which also gave a special prize to both Aditya Assarat's "Wonderful Town" from Thailand and Liew Seng Tat's "Flower in the Pocket" from Malaysia.

Helmer Jan Koenen's Action Asia jury, sponsored by Gallic TV network 13eme rue, chose Chinese filmmaker Feng Xiaogang's "Assembly" as the best film in competition.