SEOUL — South Korea has selected Lee Chang-dong’s “Secret Sunshine” as its submission to the foreign language film category of the Academy Awards.
A special committee appointed by the Korean Film Council chose “Sunshine” over Kim Ki-duk’s “Breath” and helmer Kim Ji-hoon’s box office hit “May 18.”
“Secret Sunshine” premiered at the Cannes Film Festival in May, where it won an actress award for Jeon Do-yeon as a young widow who moves from Seoul to start over in a provincial city.
South Korea has never had a film selected for inclusion in the final five nominations.
The deadline for submissions is Oct. 1. The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences will announce the nominations for foreign language film on Jan. 22. The Oscar ceremony takes place Feb. 24.