WOW!!!!! Gosh! Congratulations to Jeon Do Yeon!!!
Even though some film reviewers (like the one on Variety Asia Online – clickie here) panned the film, overall they gave JDY the thumbs-up in her performance.
I only watched JDY in “You Are My Sunshine” and even though the film is OK for me, her performance, alongside with her co-star Hwang Jun Min, were good.
JDY is the first Korean to receive a Cannes award ^^. For the full list of 2007 Cannes Film Festival winners, clickie here.
The prize for Best Leading Actress was awarded by Alain Delon to South Korean actress Jeon Do-yeon for her performance in Secret Sunshine by Lee Chang-dong.
Jeon Do-yeon was overjoyed: “Good evening. I can’t believe I’m up here. I heard that there were masses of wonderful actresses during the Festival; I hope that I might be able to represent them today. I am truly honored, in any case, to have this Prize; I don’t know how to receive it… Of course, I want to thank the Cannes Festival and the members of the Jury. I thank director Lee Chang-dong, who gave me the opportunity to play this role, and especially the actor Song Kang-ho, thanks to whom I was able to exist. I thank all of you who appreciated this film Secret Sunshine. I will never forget it, for the rest of my life. Thank you very much!“
At the laureates’ press conference, Jeon Do-yeon added this about her award: “It’s the first time I’ve come to a foreign festival. I was very honored to be invited to a festival as big as Cannes. Naturally, I’m delighted to have received this Best Actress award. Before the ceremony, I was really tense; I did all I could to relax, saying to myself that nothing would happen. The people around me wouldn’t stop talking to me about it, and I realy felt like hiding. I’d like to thank you all.”
Source: Cannes Film Festival Official Site