Ha Ha Ha takes prize at Cannes
Although most of the attention regarding Korean films at Cannes International Film Festival has been given to The Housemaid and Poetry, a third Korean entry, Ha Ha Ha, has won the top prize in the Un Certain Regard competition. Second place (the jury prize) went to Peruvian film Octubre.
Un Certain Regard is one of the competitive categories that awards young and/or innovative talent. Cannes’ top honor, the Palme d’Or, has yet to be awarded and will be announced tomorrow, along with the director, screenplay, and acting prizes. (Both Poetry and The Housemaid are eligible there.)
Ha Ha Ha is directed by Hong Sang-soo and is his sixth entry at Cannes, and his first prize-winner. Previous entrants were The Power of Kangwon Province in 1998, Virgin Stripped Bare by Her Bachelors in 2000, Woman Is the Future of Man in 2004, Tale of Cinema in 2005, and Like You Know It All at last year’s festival.
The film unfolds as an aspiring filmmaker who decides to move to Canada (played by Kim Sang-kyung, currently in the drama My Country Calls) reminisces with a film critic he’d met while on a trip (Yoo Joon-sang). The movie also stars Yeh Ji-won (Daytime Drinking) and Moon So-ri (of Forever the Moment, who coincidentally also appears in The Housemaid).