Wow, congrats to Yoo Ji-tae on his Jury Prize win this weekend at the 15th Deauville Asian Film Festival in France. (To clarify, it’s not his first directorial endeavor ever, but it is his debut feature.)
The award went to his film titled Mai Ratima, which is about a Thai woman named Mai (played by newcomer Park Ji-soo) who comes to Korea to marry, but finds herself mistreated by her husband’s family. She has no place to stay and also no place to return to; meanwhile, Bae Soo-bin plays a man with nothing to his name and nobody to lean on. He helps her when he sees her in trouble, and their relationship plays out “variations on hope and betrayal.”
Yoo Ji-tae’s primary career is still acting (with films like Ditto and Oldboy having launched him to fame), but he’s been steadily working over the years at his writing and directing as well. He garnered notice for his short films in the past and screened at various film festivals; he gravitates toward small stories with something perceptive to say about human experience/emotion, and it’s awesome to see him continuing to get recognized for his work.
Here’s a short clip of the award presentation at Deaville. Who knew Yoo Ji-tae spoke such good English?
Mai Ratima was praised by Deauville’s jury president, Jérôme Clément, for its sensitive handling and Yoo’s keen insight as director. Clément said, “It’s astonishing that this is his first feature film. This award is presented with the hopes that this film will have a chance to be seen widely by film fans worldwide.”
Mai Ratima will premiere in theaters in Korea in May
Via My Daily
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