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‘The Throne’ Team Returns Prize Money to Black Nights Film Festival

LONDON — The director and production company of the Grand Prix winner of Black Nights Film Festival in Tallinn, Estonia, have returned the 10,000 euros ($10,600) prize money so that the festival can use it for next year’s edition.

The top award for South Korean movie “The Throne,” which was directed by Lee Joon-ik and produced by Tiger Pictures, was picked up by So Cho Chul-hyun, the film’s scriptwriter. In a letter to the festival, So said the film’s team hoped BNFF could become “a new European hub to create cinematic joy and fun.”

In arriving at their decision, the festival jury had commented: “’The Throne’ is the perfect example of how the remote historic events in one particular country, in this case Korea, can be used to create not only a powerful and beautiful historic drama, but also a modern film that touches the hearts and minds of contemporary spectators.” The film is South Korea’s entry in the foreign-language film category of the Oscars.

Vitaliy Manskiy’s “Under the Sun,” which was described as “an intimate study on how propaganda affects individuals’ life and how reality can easily be manipulated,” won best director. The film also took the Special Jury Prize.

Isaka Sawadogo, who played Yaya in Joost van Ginkel’s “The Paradise Suite,” won best actor, and Martha Canga Antonio, who plays Mavela in “Black,” won best actress.

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