China’s ‘Poet on a Business Trip’ Wins Jeonju Festival Award

Poet on a Business Trip
Courtesy of Trench Film Group

Chinese documentary “Poet on a Business Trip” won the Grand Prize and $19,000 at the Jeonju International Film Festival, Korea’s second biggest film festival. Directed by Ju Anqi, “Poet” was lauded by the festival jury as “simple, curious, artful and ultimately very moving.”

Ricardo Silva’s “Navajozo” took the best picture prize in the same section. A special jury prize went to “Parabellum” by Lukas Valenta Rinner.

Ahn Gooc-jin’s “Alice in Earnestland” took the grand prize in the separate competition for Korean films. Jury member Tony Rayns described the film as “funny, shocking and sometimes cruel, with enough invention and energy to take your breath away.”

Earlier, Park Jung-bum’s “Monk” was awarded the top prize for feature film pitching at the festival’s project market, Jeonju Project Promotion.

Ma Min-ji’s “Bubble Family” won the grand prize for documentary pitching and Kim Jung-in’s “Her Album” took the TV5 Monde Award and audience Award.

The project market, which finished on May 4, enjoyed record participation, with 460 applicants from 160 companies.

The festival will run through May 9.