‘Gate,’ ‘Oasis’ top Brisbane fest

'Taraneh' takes inaugural Interfaith nod

SYDNEY– Korean films “Turning Gate” and “Oasis” nabbed major awards Saturday at the 12th Brisbane Intl. Film Festival.

Director Hong Sang-soo won the Fipresci award Saturday from a jury of international film critics.

“Oasis,” helmed by Lee Chang-dong, took the Network for the Promotion of Asian Cinema (Netpac) award for its portrait of social outcasts, acting performances and touches of fantasy in a realistic setting.

The Netpac jury gave a special mention to “Letters in the Wind” (Iran) by director Ali Reza Amini, for its depiction of the experiences of raw recruits in the Iranian army.

The inaugural Interfaith award went to ” I’m Taraneh, 15″ (Iran) by Rassul Sadr-Ameli and its jury gave a special commendation to “Hop” (Belgium) by Dominique Standaert.

First prize in the BIFF fast film competition was collared by Gold Coast filmmaker Dorte Jessen for her short “Lipstick.” Entrants had to write, shoot and edit a five-minute film in 50 days.