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(2nd LD) Park Chan-wook wins Best Director, Song Kang-ho gets Best Actor at Cannes

06:26 May 29, 2022

(ATTN: COMBINES other Cannes stories; REWRITES throughout)

CANNES, France, May 28 (Yonhap) -- South Koreans Park Chan-wook and Song Kang-ho were named Best Director and Best Actor, respectively, at this year's Cannes Film Festival on Saturday.

It is the first time in the country's cinema history that Korean films have taken home two titles at a time at the world's most prestigious film festival.

In this Reuters photo, South Korean director Park Chan-wook delivers an acceptance speech after winning Best Director for the film "Decision to Leave" at the closing ceremony of the 75th Cannes Film Festival in Cannes, France, on May 28, 2022. (Yonhap)

At the awarding ceremony for the 75th edition of the festival held at Palais Lumiere in Cannes, Park received the prize given to best film director for his romance "Decision to Leave."

It is his third prize given by Cannes, following the Grand Prix, the second-highest prize at the festival, for his thriller "Oldboy" in 2003 and the Jury Prize, the No. 3 honor, for the horror "Thirst" in 2009.

And Park became the second South Korean director to win in the category, following renowned filmmaker Im Kwon-taek for the historical drama "Chihwaseon" in 2002.

This image provided by CJ ENM shows a scene from "Decision to Leave." (PHOTO NOT FOR SALE) (Yonhap)

In his acceptance speech, Park praised the global film industry for overcoming the yearslong COVID-19 pandemic.

"Fans didn't visit movie theaters, but it was the time that we were aware of the value of cinema," he said. "As we have hope and power to overcome this pandemic, I believe that we cineaste will keep theaters and cinema for good."

And he did not forget to thank his main actors -- Park Hae-il and Tang Wei -- saying "Most of all, my love to Park and Tang is beyond expression."

Starring Chinese actress Tang of "Lust, Caution" (2007) and Korean actor Park of "Memories of Murder" (2003), "Decision to Leave" is about a detective who suspects a mysterious widow in a murder case and later becomes interested in her.

In this AFP photo, South Korean actor Song Kang-ho (2nd from L) celebrates his Best Actor prize for "Broker" at the 75th Cannes Film Festival in Cannes, France, on May 28, 2022. (Yonhap)

Song took home the best actor prize for his role of a baby broker in the film written and directed by the Cannes-winning Japanese filmmaker Hirokazu Kore-eda.

It is the first title that he earned from Cannes, although he has starred in several Cannes-winning titles, including Bong Joon-ho's "Parasite" (2019) and Park Chan-wook's "Thirst" (2009). He served as a jury member at last year's Cannes.

He also became the first South Korean male actor winning an acting prize at Cannes. Jeon Do-yeon was awarded Best Actress for her role in the drama "Secret Sunshine" in 2007, in which Song also starred.

"I'm so grateful and honored. I would like to thank director Kore-eda, who is a great artist," Song said on the stage. "I also want to share this gratitude and honor with our cast members of Kang Dong-won, Lee Ji-eun, Bae Doo-na and Lee Joo-young."

"Broker," Kore-eda's first Korean-language project, depicts the relationships of characters formed through a baby box, where people anonymously drop off newborns that they can't raise.

Song plays Sang-hyun, who steals an unattended infant left by its parents at a baby box and sells it to parents who need babies.

This image provided by CJ ENM shows a scene from "Broker." (PHOTO NOT FOR SALE) (Yonhap)

Meanwhile, the top honor of Palme d'Or went to "Triangle of Sadness" directed by Ruben Ostlund, and the Grand Prix was shared by "Close" by Lukas Dhont and "Stars At Noon" by Claire Denis.

Best Screenplay was awarded to Tarik Saleh who wrote and directed "Boy from Heaven," while Zar Amir Ebrahimi won the Best Actress prize.

Jerzy Skolimowski's "EO" and Felix Van Groeningen and Charlotte Vandermeersch's "The Eight Mountains" tied for the Jury Prize.

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