S. Korean film wins Prix Italia

MILAN — The South Korean TV program “Ashes of Time” won the Prix Italia 1997 award for fiction, the jury representing nine international broadcasters announced Saturday in Ravenna, Italy.

Directed by Kim Hong-Yong, the film was produced by South Korea’s KBS and describes the difficulties of a prisoner who returns home after years of jail.

The special prize for fiction went to Italian pubcaster RAI’s “Running Against,” directed by Antonio Tibaldi. It is the first time in 20 years that RAI, which has organized the Prix Italia since 1955, has won one of the two TV fiction awards.

The fiction section included 30 programs from 22 countries.

Among the programs in the documentary section, the winner was “Fermat’s Last Theorem,” submitted by the BBC. The program, directed by Simon Singh and produced by John Lynch, was considered the best for its overall qualities by an absolute majority.

Special prize went to “O Amor Natural,” submitted by Holland’s NOS. The program features older actors reading Carlos Drummond de Andrade’s erotic poems.

The next Prix Italia edition will take place in Rome in fall 1998. It will be chaired by Francesco Mattioli, who has been appointed Prix Italia general director, replacing Paolo Battistuzzi.

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