Korean Indie Flick Sweeps Awards at French Film Festival

Director Lee Su-jin's "Han Gong-ju" picked up three prestigious prizes at the recently ended Deauville Asian Film Festival in France.

It won the jury prize, popular choice and international critique awards at the event, which ran from Wednesday to Sunday, the film's distributor Movie Collage said on Monday.

Director Lee Su-jin hoists his trophy after receiving the jury prize award at the Deauville Asian Film Festival in France on Monday. /Courtesy of Movie Collage Director Lee Su-jin hoists his trophy after receiving the jury prize award at the Deauville Asian Film Festival in France on Monday. /Courtesy of Movie Collage

As the film was invited to the competition category and picked up three awards at what ranks as one of the most famous Asian film festivals in Europe, it has drawn much attention.

Previous Korean award winners include "Nowhere to Hide," directed by Lee Myung-se in 2000, "Joint Security Area" by Park Chan-wook in 2001, and "Mai Ratima" by Yoo Ji-tae last year.

"Han Gong-ju" revolves around a high-school girl who loses everything and has to transfer to another school after being involved in a scandalous incident. The plot follows her attempts to overcome her trauma and move forward.

The film, which has appeared on the radar of numerous foreign film festivals, will hit local theaters in Seoul in April.

englishnews@chosun.com / Mar. 12, 2014 10:02 KST