'Secret,' 'Breath,' 'May' submit applications

SEOUL — Three films from South Korea have applied to be the country’s official submission to the foreign language film category of the Academy Awards.

The producers of Lee Chang-dong’s “Secret Sunshine,” Kim Ki-duk’s “Breath” and local hit “May 18” all submitted applications to the Korean Film Council by the Friday deadline.

One title will be selected next month by a specially appointed committee. Last year’s selection was period drama “King and the Clown.”

“Secret Sunshine” and “Breath” both screened in competition at this year’s Cannes Film Festival, with the former picking up an actress award for Jeon Do-yeon. “May 18” at No. 2 in the box office with 6.2 million admissions, is based on a real incident in 1980 in which government troops shot and killed hundreds of pro-democracy demonstrators.

Each country devises its own rules for selecting one film to be submitted to the Academy for the foreign language film category by its Oct. 1 deadline.

South Korea has never had a film nominated in this category.

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