Labor drama “Alive” was named Grand Prize winner at South Korea’s Wildflower Film Awards on Thursday. Park Jung-bum directed and starred in the tale of a broke laborer’s struggle for survival.
Last year’s Cannes entry, “Madonna” earned Shin Su-won the best director prize and Kwon So-hyun the best new actor prize. E Il-ha earned the best documentary director award for “A Crybaby Boxing Club,” a portrait of a Korean afterschool club in Japan.
Jung Jae-young won best actor for “Right Now, Wrong Then” by veteran Hong Sang-soo. Singer-actress Lee Jung-hyun took the best actress award for director Ahn Gooc-jin’s cruel labor drama, “Alice in Earnestland.”
The Wildflower Awards were launched in 2014 by former Variety correspondent Darcy Paquet, and film critic Oh Dong-jin, as a grassroots effort to recognize Korean independent and low-budget films.