The 6th Cinema Digital Seoul (CinDi) Film Festival wrapped with Lilou’s Adventure, directed by Japan’s Izuru Kumasaka, taking the Red Chameleon Award.
The film also shared the Blue Chameleon with Eduardo Roy Jr.’s Baby Factory. The Green Chameleon Award went to Ma Li’s Born In Beijing. All three top awards come with a cash prize of KW20m ($17,650).
Comprising filmmakers Im Sang-soo, Takahisa Zeze, Wang Bing and actress Kim Hye-na, the Red Chameleon jury announced they had debated hotly for three hours and hoped their final decision to award the cute Japanese film about gutsy little girls would be taken “as one viewpoint on the future of Asian cinema.”
Lilou’s Adventureis Kumasaka’s second feature and it made its world premiere at CinDi. The Blue Chameleon jury, comprising Edinburgh film festival director Chris Fujiwara, novelist Eun Hee-kyung, art critic Ban E-jung and International Film Festival Eurasia director Gulnara Abikeyeva, described Lilou’s Adventure as “a film in which fantasy creates unexpected paths through reality”, “made on a high level of formal achievement” and “marked by outstanding performances.”
The Green Chameleon jury, including local film and culture journalists Beck Una, Lee Hwa-jung, Park Hye-eun and Song Ho-jin, lauded Born In Beijing not only “for its deep consideration of contemporary China’s social problems” but also its suggestion for solving human problems.
Kan Lume’s Liberta also won a Special Mention from the Blue Chameleon jury and Adilkhan Yerzhanov’s Realtor won the White Chameleon Award from the cinephile audience jury.
Korean omnibus film Modern Family won the Movie Collage Award which comes with two weeks’ guaranteed screening in CJ CGV cinemas and KW10m ($8,825) worth of marketing support. Directors Shin Su-won, Hong Ji-young, Lee Soo-youn and Kim Sung-ho each contributed a short about birth and child-rearing to the portmanteau.