South Korean doc wins top honors at LA Film Fest

Director Mo-Young Jin's South Korean box office hit My Love, Don't Cross That River won the Documentary Award at the Los Angeles Film Festival on Wednesday night (June 17).
June 18, 2015

A South Korean box office hit has won the Documentary Award at this year’s Los Angeles Film Festival.

Directed by Mo-Young Jin, My Love, Don’t Cross That River focuses on the final days of an elderly couple’s 76-year marriage. The doc was a word-of-mouth hit in South Korea last year and went on to become the highest-grossing independent documentary in that country’s history.

The festival’s documentary jury also awarded a special mention for directing to Holly Morris and Anne Bogart for their doc The Babushkas of Chernobyl.

The LA Muse Award went to Can You Dig This, director Delila Vallot’s documentary about urban gardening in South Central Los Angeles; and the Best Documentary Short winner was Kareem Tabsch’s Dolphin Lover, about Malcolm Brenner who became famous for having sex with a bottlenose dolphin named Dolly.

The audience award for Best Documentary Feature Film went to two films: Natalie Johns’ I Am Thalente, about South African skateboarder Thalente Biyela, and Lilibet Foster’s Be Here Now, about the late Spartacus: Blood and Sand actor Andy Whitfield.

Finally, Grace Hoffman and Michelle Miles won the Ed Elias Future Filmmaker Grant for Best Documentary Film for Beatrix and a special mention was given to Curt Lowens: A Life of Changes.

The winners were announced on Wednesday night (June 17). The Los Angeles Film Festival kicked off on June 10 and wraps up tonight (June 18).

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