KBS’s thriller series Story of a Man, also known as The Slingshot, has picked up an award — the Bronze Remi — at the 43rd WorldFest–Houston International Film Festival, which has just announced its winners. The drama won in the “TV Series – Dramatic” category.
The festival is dedicated to independent works (and doesn’t accept studio projects for consideration), and the Remi is the name of the honor given in each category. (There are platinum, gold, silver, and bronze Remi Awards given to the first- through fourth-place winners.)
I don’t know much about the festival, which describes itself as “one of the oldest and largest film & video competitions in the world, with more than 4,500 category entries received from 37 countries in 2009.” I don’t think it’s profoundly important to the industry back in Korea, but it’s always interesting to see which dramas get picked up in international competitions (like Hong Gil Dong at Roma Fiction Fest). And I certainly think Story of a Man is deserving — it’s one of the sharpest, tightest-written dramas I’ve seen, plus a helluva lot of fun.
EDIT: My bad, I missed the separate report that SBS’s Painter of the Wind also picked up an award, a Silver Remi in the same category. Other winning series in that category came from Australia, Ireland, and Poland. Story of a Man and Painter of the Wind were the only two Korean dramas that won at the festival, which has something in the vicinity of 60 categories.
Via Joy News
- 2009 Editors’ Picks: Year in Review, Part 6
- All Told, A Pretty Fun Year: Year in Review, Part 4
- A Newbie Reviews 2009: Year in Review, Part 3
- Story of a Man: Episodes 1-2