Magazine article Screen International

Busan Film Festival to Honour Berlinale's Wieland Speck

Magazine article Screen International

Busan Film Festival to Honour Berlinale's Wieland Speck

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The 20th Busan International Film Festival (BIFF) (Oct 1-10) has announced that Berlinale Panorama director Wieland Speck is to receive this year's Korean Cinema Award.

The award is annually awarded to individuals who have contributed to the promotion of Korean Cinema to worldwide audiences.

BIFF decided to award it this year to Speck who has screened a total of 29 Korean films in his 23 years at his post.

Speck's selections included Im Kwon-taek's Seopyonje (1994), and films by Ryoo Seungwan, E J-Yong, Lee Songhee-il, and Kim Ki-duk.

Speck said: "Korean cinema remains ever surprising, a vivid mirror of its diverse societal developments - which makes selecting for the Berlin International Film Festival so exciting."

Past winners of the Korean Cinema Award include Cannes' Gilles Jacob, Tokyo Filmex's Hayashi Kanako and Film Society of the Lincoln Center's Richard Pena. …

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