Tribeca’s over, and we saw…no films. It’s not our fault, we’ve been working v. hard these days! Plus, we’re allergic to other poeple. Anyway, the official site has a list of winners. Best Narrative Feature went to "Stolen Life," a Chinese film that, as has been much noted, was banned in China. To be fair, if you take a look at the Chinese films in your local video store it’s a safe bet that around half of them have also been banned in China, so this is not as exciting as it initially sounds.
Over in Korea, the Jeonju International Film Festival is going strong. The Korea Times talks to director Song Il-gon, who directed a short, "Magician(s)," that’s part of an omnibus film showing at the festival. Song’s thriller "Spider Forest" went over well at Toronto last year. He talks about the potential he sees in digital video:
When I filmed a scene of a girl having a stillborn baby in a toilet
with a digital video camera, I was able to learn that the new medium
could be a strong tool, not just a cheap way to film something because
it can capture more detailed expressions in freer ways.