"Mai Ratima," actor Yoo Ji-tae's first full-length film as a director, was announced as a co-winner of the jury prize at the 15th Deauville Asian Film Festival in France on Saturday. It shared the title with "Four Stations" by Thai director Boonsong Nakphoo.
Jerome Clement, president of the jury, said that a sensitive topic was beautifully presented in "Mai Ratima" with Yoo's superb insight, surprising for a directorial debut.
The film was chosen with hopes of giving it more exposure to moviegoers worldwide, he added.
"Mai Ratima" tells the story of an impoverished Korean man in his 30s and a Thai woman in her 20s who comes to Korea as a mail-order bride.
On Wednesday, it opened the event in northern France, the only international festival exclusively for Asian films in Europe.