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Jeonju festival honors Ling

'Half' takes top award

South Korea’s second-largest film fest, the Jeonju Intl. Film Festival, wrapped Friday with the top award going to Chinese director Ying Liang’s “The Other Half.”

A blend of fiction and documentary centered around a woman who works at a law firm, Ying’s film was presented with a $10,000 award.

Total attendance for this year’s event was 77,258, including 61,500 paid admissions, for an unusually high 80% seat occupancy rate.

Fest also found success with an Industry Screenings program for local buyers, with Japanese premiere “Genius” being picked up by Korean distributor Sponge and several other deals under negotiation. Participation at the screenings was double that of the previous year, with 149 attendees from 58 companies.

Other award winners include Kim Jeong-jung’s “HERs,” which won the 10 million won ($10,500) Korean Cinema on the Move award; U.S. director Jasmine Dellal’s “When the Road Bends … Tales of a Gypsy Caravan,” which won the JIFF audience award; Philippine director Brillante Mendoza’s “Summer Heat,” which won the NETPAC award; and “Seongbuk Port,” which won the Korean shorts award.

Meanwhile Korean youth film “Who’s That Knocking at My Door?” took home the $2,100 Korean Cinema on the Move: Audience Critics Award and was named the recipient of the CGV Korean Independent Feature Film Distribution Support Award, which will guarantee it a local release.

Fest closed with the Korean premiere of Johnnie To’s “Exiled.”

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