Arirang: Kim Ki-duk Wins Top Certain Regard Award at Cannes Film Fest

Andreas Dresen’s Stopped on Track and Kim Ki-duk Arirang shared Cannes’ Un Certain Regard Prize Saturday, the section’s top awards


The tie for the top honor, for which the Emir Kusturica-led jury had to seek authorization from Cannes Festival authorities, prizes two highly different films.

The latest from AAsia’s celebrated auteurs, Kim’s docu-fiction feature Arirang has Kim talking candidly to the camera, in a shack, having abandoned commercial filmmaking after a near fatal accident on 2008’s Dream.

Arirang split Cannes scribes, written-off by some critics, but revered by others as a thought-provoking reflection on the filmmaking’s process.

Disucssing this year’s Un Certain Regard after Saturday’s prize announcements, Cannes director Thierry Fremaux said the section was “Almost reaching my goal” of having “two film publishing houses with two kinds of collections.”  Un Certain Regard is “not second league but really different. Many of its films could have played Competition,” he added.


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