South Korea’s Kim Min-hee Wins Best Actress at Berlin

BERLIN — Kim Min-hee has won the Silver Bear best actress award at the 67th Berlin International Film Festival for the South Korean film “On the Beach at Night Alone.”

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South Korean actress Kim Min-hee accepts her Silver Bear award for best actress.
PHOTO: © Ali Ghandtschi / Berlinale 2017

The film, directed by Hong Sang-soo, follows a young actress who retreats to a wintery Germany after the messy end of an affair with a married film director. Returning later to South Korea, the actress tries to sort out her life at a seaside town with the help of her friends. Mr. Hong stays true to his cinematic style: a measured drama with long takes about adult characters discussing and dissecting their complicated relationships, and laced with wry — sometimes uncomfortable — humor and observations.

“On the Beach at Night Alone” received strong reviews, with critics singling out Ms. Kim’s performance. The Hollywood Reporter said Ms. Kim gives her character “a modern aplomb and a desire to live her own way that makes her easy to identify with.” Variety wrote that Ms. Kim takes a “marvelous lead turn,” putting in “a subtle, intuitive performance.”

Ms. Kim previously appeared in Mr. Song’s well-received “Right Now, Wrong Then” (2015), and she starred in last year’s critically acclaimed thriller “The Handmaiden.”

The Berlin awards ceremony was held on Feb. 18. Here is the full list of winners for the Prizes of the International Jury:

Golden Bear for Best Film:

  • “Testről és lélekről” (“On Body and Soul”)
  • Hungary
  • Director: Ildikó Enyedi

Silver Bear Grand Jury Prize:

  • “Félicité”
  • France/Senegal/Belgium/Germany/Lebanon
  • Director: Alain Gomis

Silver Bear Alfred Bauer Prize:

  • “Pokot” (“Spoor”)
  • Poland/Germany/Czech Republic/Sweden/Slovak Republic
  • Director: Agnieszka Holland, in cooperation with Kasia Adamik

Silver Bear for Best Director:

  • Aki Kaurismäki, for “Toivon tuolla puolen” (“The Other Side of Hope”)
  • Finland/Germany

Silver Bear for Best Actress:

  • Kim Min-hee, in “On the Beach at Night Alone”
  • South Korea
  • Director: Hong Sang-soo

Silver Bear for Best Actor:

  • Georg Friedrich, in “Helle Nächte” (“Bright Nights”)
  • Germany/Norway
  • Director: Thomas Arslan

Silver Bear for Best Screenplay:

  • Sebastián Lelio and Gonzalo Maza, for “Una mujer fantástica” (“A Fantastic Woman”)
  • Chile/United States/Germany/Spain
  • Director: Sebastián Lelio

Silver Bear for Outstanding Artistic Contribution:

  • Dana Bunescu, for the editing in “Ana, mon amour”
  • Romania/Germany/France
  • Director: Călin Peter Netzer
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