Asian films win major prizes at Moscow International Film Festival

NEW DELHI: Omori Tatsushi‘s The Ravine of Goodbye from Japan won the Special Jury Prize "Silver George" while Jung Young-heon‘s Lebanon Emotion from South Korean won the "Silver George" for best director at the recent 35th Moscow International Film Festival.

The Ravine of Goodbye is about a reporter who uncovers a rapist and his victim living together in a small town, fifteen years after the crime, while Lebanon Emotion which is a low-budget drama about two strangers running away had premiered at the Jeonju International Film Festival.

The "Golden George" main prize went to Erdem Tepegöz‘s Particle (Zerre) from Turkey about a family of three living in an apartment block that has been evacuated for destruction. Its female star, Jale Arikan, was also awarded the best actress prize.

The festival lineup included an eight-film Korean Cinema Showcase that included a diverse mix of recent films including Juvenile Offender, A Werewolf Boy, New World and The Thieves.

The festival also hosted a gala screening of Furuhata Yasuo wartime memoir A Boy Called and - in its Sex, Food, Culture, Death sidebar - Li Yu‘s Double Xposure and Hashimoto Hajime‘s Princess Sakura: Forbidden Pleasures.

The Festival saw a footfall of 72,000 during the 10-day event.

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