A short film by a South Korean university student will compete for prizes for cinema schools during this year’s Cannes International Film Festival, organizers said.
“Soom (Breath)” by Kwon Hyun-ju, a student of Chung-Ang University in Seoul, was among the 16 films shortlisted for the Cinefondation category of the 67th festival, according to a press release by the festival on Wednesday. They were shortlisted from 1,631 films submitted this year by cinema schools from around the world.
“Soom” follows the complex psychology of a daughter who takes care of her brain-dead mother in a hospital.
The festival announced lineups for short films and Cinefondation ahead of revealing its official selection for features on Thursday.
No Korean film was included in the lineup of short films. Last year, director Moon Byoung-gon won the top prize for short films for “Safe” at the festival, becoming the first Korean to win an award in the category.
This year’s festival is slated for May 14-25. (Yonhap)