SEOUL, Aug. 19 (Korea Bizwire) – “So, you mean you like masculine guys. Actually, I’m quite studly. Want to see?”
As soon as a man hangs up the phone, he starts to work out, lifting weights and doing push-ups. But there cannot be six packs. So he sucks in his stomach and throws out his chest upward, making bigger pecs. When he takes his selfie and sends it to the girl he is into, he hears some shocking words from her.
Director Jang Min-jun’s feature, Living in South Korea as a Masculine Guy, was selected as the best film in the adult section at the Bacchus 29 Second Film Award on August 13. Audiences giggled at the film, empathizing how hard it is for a man in Korea to win a girl’s heart.
At the film festival hosted by the Korea Economic Daily and sponsored by Dong-A Pharmaceutical, 13 films out of 665 entries won a range of awards. Winners have received good reviews saying that they were distinctive and creative. Dona-A Pharmaceutical has parlayed award-winning films into its commercial, generating buzz in the public.
The best film in the teenage section was director Lim Jae-hun’s feature, Living in South Korea as a Father in the 40s, telling the story of an exhausted breadwinner in a humorous way. In the film, when a father comes back home from work, his hard-working son does not welcome him as he is busy with his study. And neither does his wife speaking over the telephone with her friend. Only his pet welcomes him wagging its tail.
One runner-up in the adult section was director Bae Young-jun’s film, Living in South Korea as an Unrecognized Father. It is a dark comedy about a father who makes unfailing efforts to be close to his daughter. Another runner-up was Living in South Korea as Neighbors directed by Oh Dong-ha, picturing how hard it is to say hello to neighbors in the same apartment building nowadays.
The second prize in the teenage section was bestowed on both director Park Ye-bin and director Mun Ga-yeong. Living in South Korea as a New Teacher directed by Ms. Park is a comedy portraying difficulties a rookie teacher faces. Ms. Mun’s film, Living in South Korea as a Teacher, is about teachers who do their best to embrace distracted and sleeping students in class.
Both Living in South Korea as a Man with Menacing Face directed by Lee Jae-ho and Living in South Korea as a Woman directed by Choe Jeong-seon and Ha Jae-hui also received awards in the adult section. In the teenage section, Living in South Korea as a Student withAnother Dream directed by Park Han-jong and Seo Yu-jin, and Living in South Korea as a Sister directed by Park Chae-young also won awards.
“The 29 Second Film Festival becomes popular as, in only three years, 15,000 films have been screened on the website and apps, and about 1.5 million people have watched them,” said Yu Geun-seok, the commissioner of the award. “We are pouring tireless efforts to make the film festival the renowned one in the world,” he added.
By Veronica Huh (firstname.lastname@example.org)