Director Hong Sang-soo's film "Hahaha" won the top prize in the Un Certain Regard category at the Cannes International Film Festival on Saturday (local time). It is Hong's first award at Cannes after being invited to the festival six times, and the first Korean film to be awarded in the category.
Nineteen films were screened in the category, including works by big name directors such as Manoel de Oliveira, Jean-Luc Godard and Jia Zhangke. French director Claire Denis, who presided over the jury, said it was very difficult to choose the winner from among so many great films.
In the award ceremony, Hong said, "I'll take this award as encouragement to continue making good films. I'd like to thank all the actors who worked with me."
Starting with "The Power of Kangwon Province" in 1998, Hong has had six films invited to Cannes, in the Competition, Un Certain Regard and Directors' Fortnight categories.