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Director Moon Byung Gon′s ′Safe′ Wins a Palme d′Or at Cannes

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2013.05.27 21:00 Mwave Lee, JinHo Translation Credit : Erika Kim

A 30-year-old director named Moon Byung Gon won big at the Cannes Film Festival and handed Korea its first Palme d′Or in short film from the ceremony.

Moon Byung Gon′s Safe won the Palme d′Or at the 66th Cannes Film Festival in short film.

Director Moon Byung Gon′s ′Safe′ Wins a Palme d′Or at Cannes

The award was given on May 26 (local time) at the ceremony held in Cannes. This is the first time a Korean film has been given highest honors in short film from the festival.

Safe is about a female college student who works at a currency exchange booth in an illegal gambling house, and a man who is addicted to gambling. It was said to have shed light on the dark realities of those being shunted to the corners of a modern capitalistic society.

The film was chosen by the Shin Young Kyun Arts & Culture Foundation for its short film support program, the ′Film Gate′, in May.

Moon Byung Gon was previously invited to Cannes′ Critics Week event in 2011 with his graduation project Finis Operis. Safe is his second film to make it to Cannes, and his first to win an award.

Photo credit: ′Safe′ stills

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