The Throne Wins Grand Prix Best Film & Best Music At The 19th Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival
The Throne (Sado) added more awards under its belt.
Following the four awards including best cinematography winning in the 2015 Blue Dragon Film Awards, The Throne (starring Song Kang Ho and Yoo Ah In, directed by Lee Jun Ik, Tiger Production), won Grand Prix Best Film and Best Music at the 19th Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival (Pimedate Ööde Filmifestival in Estonian, BNFF for short).
The BNFF is one of the biggest film festivals of North-eastern Europe. BNFF is the only festival in the Nordic and Baltic region with a FIAPF (International Federation of Film Producers Association) accreditation for holding an international competition programme in the Nordic and Baltic region with 14 other major festivals, such as Berlin, Cannes, and Venice.
This year, the festival was held from 13 to 29 November in Tallin, the capital city of Estonia. The Throne was submitted in the Main Competition and became the top winner of the festival.
The Throne received a total of fifteen thousand Euros of prize. The Throne as the Grand Prix winner (Golden Wolf) for Best Film, got a grant of 10,000 Euros by Tallinn City. The film also won Best Music and got a grant of 5000 Euros in the format of music licenses by Apollo Music.
Variety reported early this month, Director Lee Jun Ik and production company have returned the 10,000 euros ($10,600) prize money so that the festival can use it for next year’s edition. The top award was picked up by So Cho Chul-hyun, the film’s scriptwriter. In a letter to the festival, So said the film’s team hoped BNFF could become “a new European hub to create cinematic joy and fun.”
That’s a very commendable action!
In arriving at their decision, the festival jury had commented: “The Throne is the perfect example of how the remote historic events in one particular country, in this case Korea, can be used to create not only a powerful and beautiful historic drama, but also a modern film that touches the hearts and minds of contemporary spectators.” The film is South Korea’s entry in the foreign-language film category of the Oscars.
To celebrate the film’s achievements especially in The Blue Dragon Awards, The Throne released a footage of make-up sketches and more behind-the-scene stories. The sketches represented Prince Sado’s makeup details from age 15 to 28. The artistic team quoted as saying, “Yoo Ah In has played many historical dramas before, but he has never sported a beard. So, in order to break the similar image, we designed four kinds of changes over time and applied a beard on him.”
The best transformation on Yoo Ah In’s face is clearly seen when he was kept in the rice chest on the first and last day. The makeup team worked in accordance of historical records, such as his colors, the gradually growing beard, mustache angle, eyes, bloodshot pupils, lips, skin and hair colors which gradually changed because he was not exposed to the light for a long time. It took four months of discussion to complete the concept which was scribbled on the sketches.
Yoo Ah In received Best Male Lead Actor in The Blue Dragon Awards (Daesang) this year. “Indeed, Yoo Ah In has an awfully good acting and interpretation on his character, and the makeup helped him complete the acting,” said the film team.
“Every time we began filming the rice chest scene, we applied blood on his fingernails, toenails, hair, and dirty, messy beard and other makeup on him. These whole processes of applying and then removing the makeup over and over again took a big amount of time, but Yoo Ah In didn’t mind it. He had been enjoying the process and making a great teamwork during our shooting. Thanks to his effort we are really happy to hear these award-winning news.”
That’s what I call a great teamwork! Congratulations, Sado! 😀