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Elderly Korean couple upset over sudden fame through low-budget doc

A couple in their 80s from rural Korea found themselves bombarded with media attention after a documentary about their daily life with their 30-year-old cow became a hit among their countrymen. The couple have complained that the tranquility of their village and their lives has been disrupted by the sudden and explosive media interest in them thanks to the surprise popularity of the independent film Old Partner, which played to record audiences in Korea for an indie film and was also the first South Korean documentary to screen at the Sundance Film Festival.
February 12, 2009

A couple in their 80s from rural Korea found themselves bombarded with media attention after a documentary about their daily life with their 30-year-old cow became a hit among their countrymen. The couple have complained that the tranquility of their village and their lives has been disrupted by the sudden and explosive media interest in them thanks to the surprise popularity of the independent film Old Partner, which played to record audiences in Korea for an indie film and was also the first South Korean documentary to screen at the Sundance Film Festival.

About The Author
Selina Chignall joins the realscreen team as a staff writer. Prior to working with rs, she covered lobbying activity at Hill Times Publishing. She also spent a year covering the Hill as a journalist with iPolitics. Her beat focused on youth, education, democratic reform, innovation and infrastructure. She holds a Master of Arts in Journalism from Western University and a Honours Bachelor of Arts from the University of Toronto.

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