South Korea’s entry to the 2009 Cannes Film Festival, “Thirst,” won the Jury Prize in the competition, tying with United Kingdom’s “Fish Tank.”
“Thirst” was directed by Park Chan-wook and stars Shin Ha-kyun, Kim Hae-sook, Song Kang-ho and Kim Ok-vin.
Here’s the synopsis of “Thirst” from Cannes:
He goes to Africa to volunteer as a test subject in an experiment to find a vaccine to the new deadly infectious disease
caused by Emmanuel Virus (E.V.). During the experiment, he is infected by the E.V. and dies.
But transfusion of some unidentified blood miraculously brings him back to life, and unbeknownst to him, it has also turned him into a vampire.
After his return home, news of Sang-hyun’s recovery from E.V. spreads and people start believing he has the gift of healing and flock to receive his prayers.
From those who come to him, Sang-hyun meets a childhood friend named Kang-woo and his wife Tae-ju. Sang-hyun is immediately drawn to Tae-ju.
Tae-ju gets attracted to Sang-hyun, who now realizes he has turned into a vampire, and they begin a secret love affair.”
Award for Best Director
Award for Best Screenplay
Award for Best Actress
Award for Best Actor
Jury Prize Ex-aequo
- BAK-JWI (THIRST) directed by PARK Chan-Wook
Vulcain Prize for an artist technician, awarded by the C.S.T.