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Culture minister congratulates Hong Sang-soo on Berlin fest win

Mar 04,2020
Minister of Culture, Sports and Tourism Park Yang-woo congratulated director Hong Sang-soo for winning Best Director at the 70th Berlin International Film Festival for his latest film, “The Woman Who Ran.”

“What an honor it is for everyone in the film industry in Korea,” Park said in a message he sent to Hong on Monday. “The award is a victory for director Hong who has shed light on human nature and the dynamics of human relationships through his various works.”

Hong won the Silver Bear prize for Best Director at the film festival on Saturday. He is the second Korean filmmaker to earn the prize in the category, following Kim Ki-duk for “Samaritan Girl” in 2004.

It was Hong’s fourth time competing for a prize at the Berlin festival, after having submitted “Night And Day” (2008), “Nobody’s Daughter Haewon” (2013) and “On the Beach at Night Alone” (2017).

“We sincerely congratulate Park on receiving the award,” Park said. “We are very proud of all the actors and staff members who have shown to the world a creative and artistic Korea.”

Actor Kim Min-hee, who stars in “The Woman Who Ran” and Hong’s other movies, traveled with Hong to the film festival. She and Hong are in an extramarital relationship.

By Esther Chung