The 26th Busan International Film Festival has selected living legend of the Korean film industry, director Im Kwon-taek, as the recipient of the Asian Filmmaker of the Year award. The Asian Filmmaker of the Year Award is presented to an Asian filmmaker or organization who has made the most significant contribution to the advancement of Asian film industry and culture throughout the year.
From his first film, Farewell Duman River, in 1962 to his 102nd film, Revivre, in 2014, director Im Kwon-taek has remained an iconic Korean director, who has helped promote Asian films around the world by continuously directing movies for the past 60 years. He received the Geumgwan Order of Cultural Merit in 2002, the Best Director Award at the 2002 Cannes Film Festival, and an Honorary Golden Bear at the 2005 Berlin International Film Festival, and thus left his mark in the history of world cinema. Thus, Im was chosen as the recipient of this award in recognition of his contributions.
In honor of director Im Kwon-taek’s accomplishments, the Busan International Film Festival and Dongseo University will extend the opening hours of the Im Kwon-taek Film Museum during the festival, from October 6 (Wednesday) to October 15 (Friday) from 12 noon. at 7:00 p.m. (KST). The Im Kwon-taek Film Museum, managed by Dongseo University, is a cultural and artistic space that allows visitors to have an intimate experience of the director’s cinematic universe. The museum holds its regular exhibit consisting of donations from director Im Kwon-taek, as well as a special exhibit that showcases Im’s achievements and contributions to the history of Busan’s film industry.
■ IM Kwon-taek | Korea | Director
Born in 1934, director Im Kwon-taek made his debut in 1962 with his film Farewell Duman River and has directed 102 films. He distinguished himself in the global film industry after receiving the Best Director Award at the 2002 Cannes Film Festival with the film ChiHwaSeon and an Honorary Golden Bear at the 2005 Berlin International Film Festival. such as Seopyeonje (1993) and Chunhyang (2000), he was able to accurately portray Korean lifestyle and values on the big screen.
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