DAILY NEWS: Pusan Names its Winners and the Boston Jewish Film Festival Awards "French" and "Fruit"
by Brian Brooks and Wendy Mitchell/indieWIRE
>> Pusan Presents its "New Currents" Prize to Co-winners
(indieWIRE: 11.27.02) -- One of Asia's largest and important festivals, the
Pusan International Film Festival, awarded its New Currents prize to two
films over the weekend with Park Chan-ok's drama "Jealousy is My Middle
Name" and K.N.T. Sastry's religious drama "The Rite A Passion" sharing the prize. The New Currents award is selected by an international jury, this
year chaired by U.S. writer Donald Richie, which included French director
Claire Denis and Korean director Hong Sang-soo. The winners will share a
$10,000 cash prize.
The FIPRESCI award (international film critics prize) went to Park Jin-pyo
for "Too Young to Die." The prize, presented by the Association of
International Film Press, went to the film for "its authentic and endearing
vision of physical and romantic love at an advanced age," according to a
festival release. This year's NETPAC (Network for the Promotion of Asian
Cinema) award for the best Korean feature was presented to Kim In-sik for
"Roadmovie." The film, according to the festival's website, portrays "the
social demands of being a man who has to face up to issues of homosexuality,
career and family."
The seventh Pusan International Film Festival took place November 14-23 in
the South Korean coastal town. Programmers screened 226 films from 57
countries in nine programs, and attendees numbered just under 170,000.
>> From French to Fruit At Boston Jewish Fest
(indieWIRE: 11.27.02) -- The 14th annual Boston Jewish Film Festival ended
on November 17, handing out its first audience awards. The audience winner
for best feature was Gerard Jugnot's "Monsieur Batignole," about a butcher
who becomes involved with three Jewish children in 1942 occupied Paris. The
film had its U.S. premiere in Boston.
The audience selected Joel Katz's "Strange Fruit" as best documentary.
Katz's film, a fave on this year's festival circuit, tells the story of the
anti-lynching protest song of the same title, which was composed by Jewish
schoolteacher Abel Meeropol and made famous by Billie Holiday. PBS will screen "Strange Fruit" on its series with the ITVS, "Independent Lens," in April.
Each filmmaker receives $1,200 in film stock, which was donated by Eastman
Kodak. The BJFF said that its total attendance was more than 13,000, a new
record and an 18-percent improvement from last year. [Wendy Mitchell]