“Han Gong-ju,” a first-time feature that was a hit on the festival circuit last year, was named the winner of the Grand Prize at South Korea’s Wildflower Film Awards on Thursday.
Directed by Lee Su-jin, the film also earned its lead actress Chun Woo-hee the best actress prize. The film is the tale of a girl who changes high schools but is unable to escape the traumas of her recent past.
Veteran Hong Sang-soo won the director award with his “Hill of Freedom,” and Park Chan-kyong drew the documentary director award for “Manshin,” an examination of modern-day shaman.
The Wildflower Awards were launched last year by former Variety correspondent Darcy Paquet, and film critic Oh Dong-jin, in a bid to recognize the creativity and endurance of Korea’s low-budget and independent filmmaking sectors.
A three-day screening series at Seoul Cinema presented six of the nominated films, and a special book was published with essays and original illustrations from 11 outstanding Korean independent films released in 2014.
2nd Wildflower Film Awards Korea
Grand Prize: “Han Gong-ju,” dir. Lee Su-jin
Best Director – Narrative Films: Hong Sangsoo, “Hill of Freedom”
Best Director – Documentaries: Park Chan-kyong, “Manshin”
Best Actor: Ahn Jae-hong in “The King of Jokgu”
Best Actress: Chun Woo-hee in “Han Gong-ju”
Best Screenplay: July Jung, “A Girl at My Door”
Best Cinematography: Kelvin Kyung Kun Park & Stone Kim for “A Dream of Iron”
Best New Director: Lee Yong-seung, “10 Minutes”
Best New Actor: Choi Woo-shik in “Set Me Free”
Best New Actress: Kim Su-an in “Mad Sad Bad – Picnic”
Appreciation Award: Jung Sangjin, atninefilm
Special Jury Award: Actress Shin Min-a in “Gyeongju”