Actress Jane Birkin to Meet Director Hong Sang-soo

English actress, singer and film director Jane Birkin, who has enjoyed decades in the spotlight since moving to France, is going to meet renowned Korean film director Hong Sang-soo in Seoul on Thursday to discuss a possible film project.

Their impending meeting has been generating much excitement from the film industry over what kind of artistic collaboration it may lead to. Birkin, who is set to host a concert in Seoul, wanted to see Hong during her stay in Seoul and he accepted.

Born in England, Birkin is a top chanson star in the French pop music scene and a veteran actress in France. She has appeared in over 30 films, including "Dust," which earned her a best actress award in the 1985 Venice Film Festival.

In an email interview with the Chosun Ilbo, Birkin said, "I'm old now, and I don't know whether he needs me, but I'd like to appear in one of Hong's films. If it is going to be a good one, I'm willing to accept the challenge of making my first appearance in a Korean film."

Birkin's concert is called "Jane Birkin and Serge Gainsbourg" in homage to the late chanson star, who passed away in 1991.

"I will fill the program with chansons written by Serge Gainsbourg in the 1960s and '70s as well as other songs that were released after we broke up," wrote Birkin. The two were formerly romantically and artistically involved.

englishnews@chosun.com / Mar. 20, 2012 11:15 KST