Kim Ki-duk honored with Douglas-Sirk-Award at Filmfest Hamburg
On the 20th anniversary of Filmfest Hamburg, South Korean director Kim Ki-duk will be awarded the Douglas Sirk Prize 2012. Kim Ki-duk’s latest film Pieta will be given its German premiere on October 4, 2012 as part of the award ceremony. The Douglas-Sirk-Award is a prestigious award that has been awarded at Filmfest Hamburg every year since 1995 to a well-deserving film director for his or her contribution to cinematic culture.
“Kim Ki-duk is a director who is constantly questioning the art of film-making. Over the last few years he has even questioned himself as an artist. We are delighted to be able to honor this reflection. Furthermore, his 18th film Pieta is an extremely Douglas Sirk-like melodrama despite the language of film having changed so much since the 1950s,” says festival manager Albert Wiederspiel about the choice.
Kim Ki-duk was born in 1960 in Bonghwa, South Korea. When he was nine years old, his family moved to the capital, Seoul. Reflecting on his childhood, Kim Ki-duk says: “I was brought up in a very military manner. Beatings were normal. I don’t feel pain any more.” After working in various part-time jobs and completing his military service, Kim Ki-duk decided to study fine art in Paris in 1990 and then later dedicated himself to film. Since 1996, Kim Ki-duk has directed 18 films.
His work has found particular favor with critics and the public in Europe. Only a few East Asian film-makers have garnered so much attention in this part of the world. Kim Ki-duk has won numerous other film festival awards, including the Silver Bear at the Berlinale 2004 for Samaria, and, in the same year, the Silver Lion in Venice for Bin Jip – 3-Iron. He also won the prize in the “Un Certain Regard” section in 2011 for his ruthless self-portrait Arirang.