|▲ This photo, shows Dominique Boutonnat, president of France's CNC, who attended the “Korean Film Night” held on the 21st (local time) in Cannes, France. (Yonhap)|
|▲ This photo, shows Lee Jung-jae, Jung Woo-sung, Hong Jeong-in, Park Ki-young, chairman of the Korean Film Council and CEO of Megabox plus M in the "Korean Film Night" at the 75th Cannes Film Festival. (Yonhap)|
|▲ This photo, shows the photo of the late actress Kang Soo-yeon who recently passed away, in the "Korean Film Night" at the 75th Cannes Film Festival. (Yonhap)|
CANNES, France, May 22 (Yonhap) -- "Many Korean films were invited to the 75th Cannes Film Festival this year. France really loves Korean films."
Dominique Boutonnat, president of France's CNC, who attended the “Korean Film Night” held on the 21st (local time) in Cannes, France said the following.
“Yesterday, I talked with Park Ki-young, chairman of the Korean Film Council, how passionately France was interested in and fell in love with Korean films,” he said. “We’re excited to know how Korean films will develop in the future.”
A total of five Korean films were invited to this year's Cannes Film Festival, which opened on the 17th.
Two Korean movies, “Decision to Leave (Park Chan-wook)” and “Broker (Hirozaku Kore-eda)” has been able to compete for the trophy among other world-class works for the first time since 2017.
“Hunt (Lee Jung-jae)” was invited to the Midnight Screening, “Next Sohee (Jung July)" was invited to close the Critics’ Week, and the animation “Gakjil (Moon Sujin)” was named in the short film competition section.
As if showing the local's interest in Korean films, the "Korean Film Night" held on this day was filled with hundreds of people from all over the world. Christian Jeune, the deputy director of the Cannes Film Festival, as well as officials from major film festivals including the Berlin International Film Festival and the Venice International Film Festival, attended.
Among Korean filmmakers, the “Hunt” team and the “Next Sohee” team, which held their first screening on the 20th, and the French film “All the People I’ll Never Be,” a French film about a Korean adopted child, attended.
Park Chan-wook, Hirozaku Kore-eda, Tang Wei, Bae Doona, and others who could not attend due to their schedules, delivered letters through a video.
The toast was played by Jung Woo-sung, who appeared in Lee Jung-jae's directorial debut film “Hunt”. When Lee Jung-jae and Jung Woo-sung appeared, there were cheers and applause from the crowd.
Jung Woo-sung said a toast, "For the sake of Korean films."
Before the start of the event, there was also time to commemorate the late actor Kang Soo-yeon, who recently passed away.
The hosts said, "Kang Soo-yeon was a star among stars," and watched videos of the deceased in works including “The Surrogate Woman,” “The Road to Racetrack” and “Come Come Come upward.”
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