Monday, February 27, 2006

Bride of Silence wins Asean award

Vietnam's The Bride of Silence, by Doan Minh Phuong and Doan Thanh Nghia, won the Asean Award at the Bangkok International Film Festival.

Set in rural Vietnam 200 years ago, it's about a young woman who is tried for getting pregnant out of wedlock. When she refuses to speak, the village elders order her baby to be set adrift on the river. Just as the child is about to be sent to its fate, a fierce thunder storm breaks out and kills many people. The baby survives, but the mother is jailed out of fear. Years later, the boy wanders through the countryside seeking traces of his mother's life.

Other Golden Kinaree winners included:
  • Best Picture – Water, Deepa Mehta, India
  • Best Director – Chan-Wook Park, Sympathy for Lady Vengeance
  • Best Actor – Presley Chaweneyagae, Tsotsi
  • Best Actress – Felicity Huffman, Transamerica
  • New Voices – Kept and Dreamless, Martin DeSalvo and Vera Fogwill (Argentina).
  • Best Documentary – Rize, David LaChapelle
  • Jamesan Best Asian Short Film – Under Construction, directed by Lee Hyung-Suk (South Korea)
  • Jameson People's Choice Award – Art of the Devil 2 directed by the Ronin Team - Kongkiat Khomsiri; Art Thamthrakul; Yosapong Polsap; Putipong Saisikaew; Isara Nadee; Pasith Buranajan; Seree Pongniti

(Cross-published at Rotten Tomatoes)

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