South Korea's Breathless was the big winner at the 11th Deauville Festival of Asian Film which wrapped on Sunday evening. Yang Ik-June's film, a feature directorial debut in which he also stars, is a brutal look into domestic violence in South Korea. The film also took the International Critics Prize.
In a tie, the Jury Prize was shared between All Around Us by Japan's Ryosuke Hashiguchi and The Shaft from China's Chi Zhang. The former is a look at the Japanese recession of the 1990s while the latter is a drama set against the backdrop of a family of coal miners.
The Action Asia jury awarded South Korea's Hong-Jin Na its Grand Prize for The Chaser, the story of a failed detective-turned-pimp who must hunt down a serial killer. Haut et Court is releasing the film in France this week.
The festival's main jury was presided over by Eric-Emmanuel Schmitt with support from CNC chief Veronique Cayla, director Bruno Dumont and actors Vincent Elbaz, Marie Gillain,Didier Long and Ludivine Sagnier. The Action Asia jury was headed by director Xavier Gens.
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