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Cannes winner takes her next step

Oct 03,2007
Jeon Do-yeon

What’s next? This was the question Jeon Do-yeon has faced since she won the best actress award at the Cannes International Film Festival in May for her performance in “Milyang,” or “Secret Sunshine,” directed by Lee Chang-dong. But after a months-long wait, fans will be glad to hear that Jeon’s next film will be “Meotjin Haru” (or “One Fine Day”) to be directed by Lee Yoon-ki.
Jeon is to star as an unemployed spinster. One day, she meets up with her ex-boyfriend and spends a day full of adventure with subtle shades of feelings. Director Lee has been a darling of international film festivals with films like “This Charming Girl” (2004) and “Love Talk” (2005), which provided a sophisticated, warm look at female sensibilities. Jeon’s male counterpart in the new film has yet to be decided. The movie is slated to start filming next month and open early next year.
The first Korean actress to win the award at Cannes, Jeon has cemented her fame at home with versatile performances, from a naive teenager in “The Harmonium in My Memory” to a housewife in a fatal affair in “Happy End.”
Jeon, meanwhile, received another award from the Asia Producers Network at its launch conference yesterday. The network aims to foster cooperation among Asian film producers, and more than 40 producers from seven Asian countries attended the launch conference.
By Chun Su-jin