Poetry wins for best screenplay at Cannes
The winners have been named at the 63rd Cannes Film Festival, and Korea’s entry by Lee Chang-Dong, Poetry, picked up the Best Screenplay award. The festival’s top prize, the Palme d’Or, went to Thailand’s Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives, while the second and third awards (Grand Prize and Jury Prize) were given to France’s Of Gods and Men and Chad’s A Screaming Man.
The Housemaid didn’t pick up any awards, although frankly I would have been surprised if it had. (Reading reviews after it screened, it seems most agreed it was wild and entertaining, but tended toward excess.) But with Ha Ha Ha picking up the prize for Un Certain Regard, Korean films have had a pretty good showing at this year’s festival.
Director and screenwriter Lee Chang-dong has had success at Cannes before, if indirectly; he wrote and directed the 2007 film Secret Sunshine, for which Jeon Do-yeon picked up her Best Actress award and the nickname “Cannes Queen.”