Director Im Kwon-taek honored at Busan International Film Festival



I am Kwon-taek (BIFF)

The 26th Busan International Film Festival selected director Im Kwon-taek as Asian Filmmaker of the Year.

The award is given to the Asian filmmaker or organization that has made the most significant contributions to the advancement of the Asian film industry.

The iconic South Korean director has been selected in recognition of a prolific career spanning six decades and has helped promote Asian cinema to the world, BIFF said when announcing the decision. Through films such as “Seopyeonje” (1993) and “Chunhyang” (2000), Im has portrayed Korean culture and values ​​on the big screen, the festival organizer said.

Born in 1934, Im made his directorial debut in 1962 with “Farewell Duman River”. He has made 102 films to date. His last film, “Revivre”, was released in 2014.

The festival organizer also highlighted the various awards that Im has won here and abroad.

In 2002, the Korean government awarded him the Geumgwan Order of Cultural Merit, the highest honor in the cultural field, after winning the Best Director Award at the Cannes Film Festival for “Chihwaseon” that same year. Im was the first filmmaker to receive the Geumgwan Order of Cultural Merit.

He also won an honorary Golden Bear award at the Berlin International Film Festival in 2005.

Meanwhile, the Busan International Film Festival announced, the Im Kwon-taek Film Museum will operate from noon to 7 p.m. during the film festival, in cooperation with Dongseo University. The museum displays the works Im donated and also features a special exhibition on Im’s achievements and contributions to the film industry in Busan.

The 26th Busan International Film Festival runs from Wednesday to October 15.

By Song Seung-hyun (


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