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IAN MUNDELL | Variety 2009-10-22
Cinekid honors Lecomte's 'Life'

AMSTERDAM -- "A Brand New Life," by Gaul-based Korean helmer Ounie Lecomte, took top honors at the Cinekid festival on Thursday.

Debut pic is the autobiographical tale of a young girl growing up in an orphanage near Seoul in the mid-1970s.

After selection at Cannes, "Life" has been a busy festival traveler and already has Benelux distribution through Cineart.

German helmer Christian Ditter's "The Crocodiles" drew the nod from the fest public and the Moviesquad junior jury.

Based on a 1976 novel, tale concerns a gang of kids who solve a crime, at the same time changing ideas about who fits in. Although little traveled, pic's local success means a sequel is already under way.

Fest's new-media jury singled out the "Children for Children Karaoke" website, produced by Vara and Lost Boys. Audiences favored "SpangaS," a cross-media production driven by a daily high-school soap made by pubcaster NCRV.

TV awards, limited to Dutch product, went to "Puppy Patrol" (broadcast by Nickelodeon) and "Tales From Zoutvloed" (VPRO) in fiction. Nonfiction nods went to "Laura and Anne 4 Ever" (RKK/KRO) and "Letters From Nicaragua" (VPRO).

The four-day Cinekid fest ends on Friday.

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