• Kyodo


Filmmaker Hirokazu Kore-eda was recognized as Asian filmmaker of the year at a major festival in South Korea on Wednesday, where his latest work will be screened, according to a Japanese movie distributor.

The director received the award, which is given to individuals and groups that have made the most significant contribution to the advancement of the Asian film industry throughout the year, at the 24th Busan International Film Festival.

The festival described Kore-eda as one of Asia’s most influential and impactful directors of recent years, whose works have been widely acclaimed and who has contributed to the promotion and development of the Asian film scene.

His newest film, “The Truth,” is set in France, and stars actresses Catherine Deneuve and Juliette Binoche as well as American actor Ethan Hawke. The story, which revolves around a successful actress and her family following the release of her autobiography, will be screened at the festival and released in Japan on Oct. 11.

In May 2018, the director won the prestigious Palme d’Or at the annual Cannes International Film Festival and was further nominated for the Golden Globes for his work “Shoplifters.”

The award-winning film depicts a family who, while living on a grandmother’s meager pension, send their children to steal from stores.

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