Im Kwon-taek given award in India
Filmmaker Im Kwon-taek has been honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award at the opening ceremony of the 47th International Film Festival of India (IFFI) on Sunday local time.
Held at Panaji in Goa, the 80-year-old said during the press conference that he was able to receive the award for his longtime effort and that he believes the award is a means of encouraging his career.
“I entered the film industry because I was suffering from hardships in life,” Im said. “It turned out I became a prolific director. Although I have put in lots of effort to come up with high-quality films, I was never able to make a perfect film that satisfies me. But I believe this reward is given for my effort and also as a means to encourage [my career].”
Since Im debuted in 1955, he has directed more than 100 films. Some of his well-known movies are “Seopyonje” (1993), “ChunHyang” (1999) and “Painted Fire” (2002).
Meanwhile, South Korea has been designated as the country of focus at this year’s IFFI, which will run until Nov. 28. Kim Jee-woon’s “The Age of Shadows” will close the international film event, and 17 Korean films will be screened this year.
By Jin Min-ji