The Buil Film Awards are one of the oldest film awards in South Korea . Organized by Busan Ilbo , a newspaper based in Busan City, the Buil Film Awards were first held in 1958, had a hiatus in 1974-2007 and have been active again until now.
This year, the Buil Film Awards will be present on October 7, 2021 with several categories, one of which is Best Film. Here, below are the five films that won the Best Film nominations at the 30th Buil Film Awards, there are films that won the most audiences in 2021 to indie films.
1. Escape from Mogadishu
Inspired by the true story of South Korean and North Korean diplomats who are on a mission to fight for the support of the Somali government, in order to gain membership in the United Nations. However, they were trapped in a civil war situation that broke out in 1991. The diplomats from the two countries with conflicting ideologies then worked together to get out of Somalia. Mogadishu is the capital of Somalia, where the two diplomats are located.
The film Escape from Mogadishu dominated the nominations at the Buil Film Awards in 8 categories out of 13 categories, namely Best Film, Best Director, Best Actor, Best Supporting Actor, Best Script, Best Cinematography, Best Music, and finally the Art/Technical Award.
According to Yonhap News , Escape from Mogadishu is also the highest-grossing Korean film of the year, gaining 3.1 million viewers. In addition, this film was also selected by the Korean Film Council (KOFIC) as the representative for Korean films for the 2022 Oscars.
2. The Book of Fish
The Book of Fish is a black and white film that tells the story of Jeong Yak Jeon, a Joseon-era scholar who was exiled on the island of Heuksando. Jeong Yak Jeon then meets Chang Dae, a young conservative fisherman who has a deep knowledge of fish. The two of them then exchanged knowledge and Jeong Yak Jeon wrote an encyclopedia about fish entitled Jasaneobo which is the title of this film in Korean.
Similar to Escape from Mogadishu , The Book of Fish also dominated the nominations at the 30th Buil Film Awards. In addition to getting nominations for Best Film, this film also received nominations in the categories of Best Director, Best Actor, Best Supporting Actor, Best Supporting Actress, Best Screenplay, Cinematography Award and Art/Technical Award.
Through The Book of Fish , director Lee Joon Ik has won the Grand Prize at the 57th Baeksang Arts Awards held on May 13, 2021.
3. Moving On
Moving On is an indie drama genre film about family. This film tells the story of Okju and Dongju, a brother and sister who move into their grandfather’s house during the summer vacation because their father is having financial problems. Before long, their aunt who was about to divorce also lived with them in the house
Moving On is director Yoon Dan Bi’s feature-length film debut after previously directing short films. In addition to Best Film, Moving On also received nominations for Best Director, Best New Director, Best New Actor and Best New Actress at the 30th Buil Film Awards.
Through this film, Yoon Dan Bi has also won the Best New Director award at the 57th Baeksang Arts Awards, and Choi Jung Woon who plays Okju received the Best New Actress award at the same event.
This film tells about Young Ho’s introduction to life, the plot revolves around his meeting with his father, a trip to Berlin, the end of his first love, and the advice of a famous actor. In the trailer it is stated that ‘introduction’ has several meanings such as the act of introducing someone to another person, when someone experiences something for the first time, the first part of something, as well as bringing something new into the world.
At the 30th Buil Film Awards, Shin Seok Ho received a Best New Actor nomination for his role as Young Ho in the film Introduction . So this film received two nominations in the award event.
In addition, Introduction has also won the Silver Bear for Best Screenplay or the award for best script at the 71st Berlin International Film Festival in March 2021.