March 08, 2021 10:41
Director Hong Sang-soo won the Best Screenplay award for his latest film "Introduction" at this year's Berlin International Film Festival last week.
It marks the second consecutive year Hong has taken home the festival's Silver Bear after winning the Best Director award for his film "The Woman Who Ran" last year.
"More than telling a story, or advancing a narration with efficiency, this script fabricates those momentary intervals between one action and another, where, for an instant, a hidden truth of human life is suddenly revealed, bright and lucid," the jury said in its praise of the film.
"I heard the news about this prize and I was surprised and happy. I would like to thank the jury for their appreciation of the film," Hong said in a video uploaded as his acceptance speech on the festival's website.
The three-part film tells a story about a young man who visits his father, his girlfriend and his mother. The film stars Shin Seok-ho, Park Mi-so and Ye Ji-won.
Actress Kim Min-hee, who is Hong's muse and is in an extramarital relationship with the director, also appears in the film. Kim won the Silver Bear for Best Actress for her role in Hong's film "On the Beach at Night Alone" in 2017.
The Golden Bear for best film, the highest prize, went to Romanian director Radu Jude's "Bad Luck Banging or Loony Porn."
Due to the coronavirus pandemic, the announcement of the awards was streamed online.
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