September 09, 2002 16:02
"Oasis" was honored with two prestigious titles for best director and best actor in a major feat coming just four months after filmmaker Im Kwon-taek won Best Director at the Cannes.
The 59th Venice Film Festival provided the domestic movie industry with yet another chance to garner significant global recognition. Curtains came down this past weekend ending ten days of glitz and glamour with filmmaker Lee Chang-dong bringing home the Special Director's Award for his film "Oasis."
"Oasis" was also awarded the International Film Critic Association Award, Future Film Award given by young judges, and the World Catholic Association for Communication Award.
This is the first time a Korean film has received the International Critic Association Award in one of the three largest international film festivals.
The film's lead actress Moon So-ri was handed the Marcello Mastroianni Award for Best Young Actress. Her role as a young woman with cerebral palsy secured her much acclaim.
The plot in "Oasis" revolves around an ex-convict's love for the disabled woman. "The universal emotion, love, probably had universal appeal," said Moon.
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