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Debut film wins Berlin Grand Prix

Feb 20,2019
“House of Hummingbird,” from director Kim Bo-ra, took home the Grand Prix at the Berlin International Film Festival’s Generation 14plus sidebar for youth-oriented movies.

Kim’s directorial debut feature, which she also wrote, revolves around an isolated middle school girl (Park Ji-hoo) who seeks a connection. The film is set in Seoul during the mid-1990s.

The movie co-stars Kim Sae-byuk and Lee Seung-yeon.

“As an actor, it’s an honor to be at the international[ly] prestigious Berlin International Film Festival,” said Lee after receiving the award. “I was very touched by the audience who came to watch the movie. It was very meaningful for me to have a role in the movie, and I am so grateful that the film has been honored by the Generation 14plus international jury for best film.”

Lee, in her 20th year of acting, has previously been invited to the Cannes Film Festival three times for her roles in the short films “Breath“ (2014), “1 Kilogram” (2015) and “Ari” (2016).

The award was presented by members of the Generation 14plus Youth Jury, which included Theodor Bittner Rosser, Johanna Deventer and Pauline Rebmann.

Following the victory, At9 Film, the film’s distributor, announced “House of Hummingbird” will arrive in local theaters in the first half of this year.

The 69th edition of Berlinale wrapped on Sunday, with director Nadav Lapid’s “Synonyms” and director Francois Ozon’s “By the Grace of God” clinching the Golden Bear for Best Film and Silver Bear Grand Jury Prize.

By Jin Min-ji