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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.

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Daniele Alcinii is a news editor at realscreen, the leading international publisher of non-fiction film and television industry news and content. He joined the RS team in 2015 with experience in journalism following a stint out west with Sun Media in Edmonton's Capital Region, and with communications work in Melbourne, Australia and Toronto. You can follow him on Twitter at @danielealcinii.

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