April 22, 2002 19:27
The Korean film "Chihwaseon" directed by Im Kwon-taek has been chosen as an official selection of the 55th Cannes Film Festival be held from May 15 to the 26.
The new release will have its first domestic run on May 10. Producer Taehung Pictures' president Lee Tae-won said in a press conference, Monday, that he had been notified of the decision on Sunday night and is planning to announce the specific reason for the selection and other invited films.
The entry of a Korean feature to the official selection of the selective film festival is the second after "Chunhyang" also directed by Im in 2000. Announcing that he submitted the film after the deadline because of a delay in shooting, Im expressed happiness, noting that he had been considerably concerned about the chances of being selected for a second time, as Cannes is considered very selective.
Asked about chances of winning an award, Im said, "it depends on luck." Im's latest film, which will be competing against some 20 films worldwide for a "Palme d'Or," is the success story of painter Jang Seung-eob in the late Chosun era, starring Choi Min-shik and Ahn Sung-ki.
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