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'Bin-Jip' drives winning shot for FIPRESCI prize

'Bin-Jip' drives winning shot for FIPRESCI prize
MADRID -- Korean film director Kim Ki-duk has won the 7th International Federation of Film Critic's (FIPRESCI) Best Film Award 2005 for his Bin-Jip (3-Iron), organizers of the San Sebastian International Film Festival announced Wednesday. Ki-duk, who won the Silver Lion for Best Director for the film in Venice last year, will receive the award Sept. 15 at the opening gala of the San Sebastian festival. 3-Iron takes its name from the lesser-used golf club and tells the love story about a young man who fixes up the houses he squats in. The prize -- created to back audacious, original and personal cinema -- is decided by FIPRESCI's 300 members worldwide.

'Bin-Jip' earns San Sebastian honors

'Bin-Jip' earns San Sebastian honors
MADRID -- Korean film director Kim Ki-duk has won the 7th International Federation of Film Critic's Best Film Award 2005 for his Bin-Jip (3-Iron), organizers of the San Sebastian International Film Festival announced Wednesday. Ki-duk, who won the Silver Lion for best director at Venice last year, will receive the award Sept. 15 at the opening gala of the San Sebastian festival. 3-Iron takes its name from the golf club and tells the story of a young man who fixes up the houses he squats in. The prize -- created to back audacious, original and personal cinema -- is decided by critics group's 300 members worldwide.

'Turtles' soars to MIFF audience prize

'Turtles' soars to MIFF audience prize
GOLD COAST, Queensland -- Iranian director Bahman Ghobadi's Lakposhtha ham parvaz mikonand (Turtles Can Fly) was the most popular film with audiences at the Melbourne International Film Festival this year. MIFF organizers, announcing audience favorites in a statement Wednesday, said that second place went to Look Both Ways, the debut feature by Australian director Sarah Watts. Ways also won the top audience prize at the recent Brisbane International Film Festival. Other titles that resonated with MIFF audiences included many direct from the Festival de Cannes. Among these were Stephen Chow's Kung Fu Hustle, Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne's Palme D'Or winner L'Enfant (The Child), Miranda July's You, Me and Everyone We Know, Michael Haneke's Cache (Hidden), Greg McLean's Wolf Creek and Kim Ki-duk's 3-Iron.

Hopscotch touts slate

Hopscotch touts slate
SYDNEY -- Leading independent distributor Hopscotch revealed its 2005 lineup Thursday, a slate hailed by co-owner Troy Lum as festival-lauded and director-driven. Set for release are Murderball, about wheelchair rugby players; Gregg Araki's Mysterious Skin; Wong Kar Wei's 2046; German smash hit Der Untergang (The Downfall); and Kim Ki-Duk's Bin-jip (3-Iron). In addition, Hopscotch will handle an Australian film, Craig Monahan's Peaches, starring Hugo Weaving, Jacqueline McKenzie and newcomer Emma Lung. Hopscotch, shared by partners Lum, Sandie Don and Frank Cox, almost doubled its first year boxoffice takings in 2003 of AUS$13 million to AUS$22 million ($17 million) in 2004. Successful releases in 2003-04 included Fahrenheit 9/11, Goodbye Lenin!, Nowhere in Africa, Somersault, Spellbound and Touching the Void.

Hopscotch adds 4 films to slate

Hopscotch adds 4 films to slate
SYDNEY -- Continuing to build its reputation for acquiring quality art house product with crossover potential to a mainstream audience, Australian independent distributor Hopscotch has acquired four new films for release here: Kim Ki-duk's 3-IRON, Oliver Hirschbiegel's Downfall, Gregg Araki's Mysterious Skin and Carlos Sorin's Bombon. Hopscotch launched some 18 months ago with titles including Bowling for Columbine and Fahrenheit 9/11.

3-Iron

3-Iron
Screened at the Toronto International Film Festival

Korean arthouse favorite Kim Ki-duk shows a slice of dysfunctional city life with his latest treatise, 3-Iron.

In Samaritan Girl, he tackled Christian redemption and social tragedy through wayward schoolgirls and their sexual amorality. In 3-Iron it's materialistic and possessive adults who get a critical spanking. The result though is slightly less interesting and less appealing even as arthouse fare.

However, the premise is a kick. A transient young man spends his days breaking into people's empty homes. But instead of robbing them, he simply partakes of the vacationing resident's lives for a few days

Dealmaking getting hot in Toronto

Dealmaking getting hot in Toronto
TORONTO -- A flurry of wheeling and dealing marked the opening weekend of the Toronto International Film Festival, with a slew of pacts closing and further features primed to sell in the coming days. Lions Gate Films won a bidding war for the star-studded ensemble drama Crash, while Sony Pictures Classics closed deals on two foreign titles -- Kim Ki-duk's 3-Iron and Jan Hrebejk's Up and Down. Meantime, Palm Pictures targeted the Iraq-set Gunner Palace as the fest' first documentary buy. Other films generating heat North of the Border now include the feature docu Three of Hearts, Ra'up McGee's homage to '60s French film noir Automne and the U.K. import My Summer of Love. As expected, the hotly tipped Crash -- a Los Angeles-set ensemble drama featuring Don Cheadle, Sandra Bullock, Matt Dillon, Brendan Fraser, Ludacris, Thandie Newton, Ryan Phillippe, Jennifer Esposito and Larenz Tate -- prompted instantaneous offers from buyers after its Friday premiere in the Special Presentations section.

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