'Poetry' a Contender for Cannes Top Prize

      May 21, 2010 10:09

      Lee Chang-dong's film "Poetry" received hearty applause both in a preview for reporters and in its official screening at the Cannes Film Festival on Wednesday (local time). A total 19 films were invited to the official competition section, and the Korean movie is said to be in the running along with three others for the prestigious Palme d'Or award.

      AFP has named "Poetry" as a strong candidate for the top award, along with "Another Year" by director Mike Leigh, "Of Gods and Men" by Xavier Beauvois, and "Certified Copy" by Abbas Kiarostami.

      Not everyone praised "Poetry." The film earned an average score of 2.36 out of 4.0 points in a poll of 11 critics by French magazine Le Film Français, and 2.7 in a poll by Britain's Screen International.

      But actress Yun Jung-hee was acclaimed for her performance in "Poetry." Jon Frosch of TV channel France 24 said the veteran Korean actress is "a likely contender" for the Best Actress award along with Lesley Manville of "Another Year" and Juliette Binoche of "Certified Copy."

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