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‘Flowers’ takes prize at Pusan Promotion

Chinese film honored at fest's market event

Chinese film “11 Flowers” took top prize in the Pusan Promotion Plan as the Pusan Intl. Film Festival’s Asian Film Market ended Thursday.

Wang Xiaoshuai was given the prize, worth about $20,000 and supported by the local city government, for his drama about a boy’s encounter with a man on the run.

Korean docmaker Park Ki-bok won the Kodak Award, for which Kodak Korea supplied $20,000 in negative film, for his drama “Farewell,” about a middle-age man running from creditors.

Mikayel Vayinyan, an Armenian theater director-actor, scooped the Goteburg Film Festival Fund prize, which provides travel and accommodation expenses to selected helmers, for “Joan and the Voices,” a drama about a woman on a search for self in postwar (late 1990s) Armenia.

Japanese helmer Sion Sono received the Cineclick Asia Award for “Room of Dreams,” about an experimental drug that induces a virtual reality that turns into a nightmare. In addition to $10,000 in cash, Sono may get a first-option deal with international sales and co-production outfit Cineclick Asia.

Vietnamese helmer Phan Dang Di won the BFC (Busan Film Commission) Award, which provides $10,000 to an Asian project, for his first-feature family drama “Bi, Don’t Be Afraid.”

Korean-American Michael Kang was awarded the Overseas Korean Foundation’s OKF Fund prize for a Korean-born overseas director, for his African adventure yarn “The Sea of Tranquility.”

Held this past Monday through Thursday, , the PIFF Asian Film Market and its sister events PPP, Co-production PRO, Star Summit Asia and Bifcom attracted 3,600 participants.

Even with the elevators in the Grand Hotel in a state of paralysis, the PPP org, which published a book celebrating its decade of achievements, hosted 500 meetings for 35 projects.

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