May 23, 2011 08:20
Director Kim Ki-duk's "Arirang" won the best picture prize in the Un Certain Regard section at the 64th Cannes Film Festival on Saturday, sharing the honor with "Stopped On Track" by Germany's Andreas Dresen.
Kim is the second Korean director to win the award, after Hong Sang-soo with "Hahaha" last year, and the first to win major awards at the world's three most prestigious film festivals. He received the best director prize for "Samaria" in Berlin in 2004 and "3-Iron" in Venice in the same year.
The unconventional "Arirang" stars only one person, Kim, who questions himself about his anger and regrets.
Launched in 1978 to highlight cutting-edge works, Un Certain Regard invited 21 films from 19 countries this year including three from Korea -- "Arirang," Hong's "The Day He Arrives" and Na Hong-jin's "The Yellow Sea."
Meanwhile, "Ya-Gan-Bi-Hang (Fly by Night)" by Son Tae-gyun won the third prize of the Cinefondation competition in Cannes. The section invites 15 to 20 films by student directors and awards prizes to the best three.
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