K movies won the awards at this year’s 75th Cannes Film Festival.
South Koreans Park Chan-wook and Song Kang-ho were named best director and best actor respectively on Saturday, marking the first time in history that Korean films have won two titles at the world’s most prestigious film festival.
To learn more about the significance of these achievements and the factors behind them, we are joined via Skype by Jae SOH, Professor and Director of Seoul Institute of the Arts.
1. Good evening, Professor. I have to say, what an honor As a filmmaker yourself, how do you rate the latest achievements? Did you expect such results?
2. Director Park Chan-wook received the best director award for his romance film “Decision to Leave.”
Of course, this is not Park’s first prize at Cannes. And because of that, he won the title, “Cannes Park.” Can you remind us of his past achievements at the festival?
3. So why do you think his work was well accredited by the judges at Cannes? What’s so special about his films?
4. As for Song Kang-ho, he won the best actor award for the film “Broker”, his first Cannes title, after starring in several Cannes award-winning titles like Parasite. How did you see his last role? What was the movie about?
5. It is said to be the seventh time Song has been invited to Cannes. What do you think is so special about Song’s acting that earned him so many guest appearances?
6. For our unfamiliar viewers, can you give us some titles where Song Kang-ho appeared? What were your favorites?
7. So Song became the first South Korean man to win an acting award at Cannes, are there any Korean actresses who have made similar achievements in the past? With what?
8. Along with the movies, there were also other productions that received a lot of global attention like the Netflix series Squid Game. Do you expect Korean content to gain more uniform global recognition in the future?
9. (extra) Thus, the highest honor in Cannes is known to be the Palme d’Or. This went to “Triangle of Sadness” directed by Ruben Ostlund. What is this movie about?
Alright, hope our film sector can continue the good work, Professor Soh, thank you for your ideas, we appreciate them.