South Korean film Nowhere to Hide scooped four out of six awards at the second Pan-Asia Festival of Deauville (March 17-19). The Sundance title won the Grand Jury prize, best director for Lee Myung-Se, best actor for Park Joong-Hoon and best cinemaphotography.
The quirky cop story - which had its European premiere in Deauville - was snapped-up by CLT-Ufa's French distribution offshoot SND between Sundance and the AFM, as a joint acquisition with home video distributor Film Office. No release date has been set.
Hong Kong title The Mistress, a first film by former actress and talk-show host Nancy Kwok, received the public prize. China's Tao Hong won the best actress nod for her role as a blind sportswoman in Les Yeux Noirs, a first film by Chen Guoxing.
The festival - which presents films from several Asian countries, including Korea, Hong Kong, China, Taiwan, Japan, Thailand and The Philippines - has announced a partnership with the festival of Pusan (South Korea) to be effective as of 2001.