OSAKA, 13 March — The 2016 Osaka Asian Film Festival closed today, handing this edition’s grand prix to South Korean film My Sister, The Pig Lady.
My Sister, The Pig Lady is a romantic-comedy set in a seaside village where three single women try to vie for the attention of the only eligible bachelor in town.
Directed by Jang Moon-Il (A Good Day To Have An Affair), the film last appeared on the festival circuit last August, when it made the World Greats section of the 2015 Montreal Film Festival.
In its 11th year, the festival saw a jury comprising Vietnamese filmmaker Phan Dang Di (Bi, Don’t Be Afraid) and Indonesia’s Joko Anwar (A Copy of My Mind), led by Taiwanese director Yee Chih-Yen (Meeting Dr. Sun).
Jury president Yee Chih-Yen praised My Sister, The Pig Lady after all the winners were announced. He claimed it “successfully balances the commercial and the artistic fields of filmmaking” and was a “perfect marriage of professionalism and the imagination”.
Elsewhere, Uisenma Borchu‘s self-written, self-performed and self-directed Germany-Mongolia co-production Don’t Look At Me That Way won the Most Promising Talent award.
“By this daring first feature, she demonstrates extra-ordinary talents and makes profound comments on the differences between the east and the west,” stated jury member Joko Anwar. “We believe she will go far in filmmaking.”
The competition line-up saw Malaysia-Singapore co-production Let’s Eat as well as Singapore’s 3688 making the cut. Jess Teong‘s The Kid From The Big Apple also made the festival’s New Action! Southeast Asia special program.