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The 31st feature film ‘The Traveler’s Need’… Fifth Silver Bear Award

“I wonder what you saw in my movie…Thank you for your sympathy.”

Fifth Silver Bear Award

Fifth Silver Bear Award

(Berlin = Larose.VIP) Correspondent Kim Gye-yeon = Director Hong Sang-soo won the Grand Jury Prize at the 74th Berlin International Film Festival for his new film ‘The Traveler’s Need’.

On the evening of the 24th (local time), the competition section jury of the Berlin Film Festival announced and awarded director Hong’s ‘The Traveler’s Need’ as the winner of the Silver Bear Award at the Berlinale Palast, the main event venue.

Director Hong also received the Silver Bear Award Grand Jury Award for ‘Novelist’s Film’ in 2022.

The Silver Bear Award Jury Prize is the second prize following the Golden Bear Award, which is the best work award.

With this award, Director Hong entered the competition section of the Berlin International Film Festival seven times and set a record of winning the Silver Bear Award, the best picture in each category, a total of five times.

Director Hong went up to the podium and said, “Thank you to the judging panel. I don’t know what they saw in my film. I’m curious,” causing laughter.

He looked for artistic director Carlo Chatrian in the audience and said, “He invited me a lot. I am grateful to him for empathizing with my film.”

Isabelle Huppert (left) and director Hong Sang-soo

Isabelle Huppert (left) and director Hong Sang-soo

Director Hong’s 31st feature, ‘A Traveler’s Needs’ is the story of Iris (Isabelle Huppert), who came from France, teaching French to Song Song (Kim Seung-yoon) and Wonju (Lee Hye-young) and drinking makgeolli in Korea.

French actress Isabelle Huppert, who won the Best Actress Award at the Cannes Film Festival twice, collaborated with director Hong for the third time, following ‘In Another Country’ (2012) and ‘Claire’s Camera’ (2018).

Director Hong’s girlfriend Kim Min-hee participated as the production manager.

Director Hong, who was first invited to the competition section of the Berlin International Film Festival with ‘Night and Day’ in 2008, won ‘Alone on the Beach at Night’ in 2017 (Silver Bear Award for Best Actress, Kim Min-hee), ‘The Woman Who Ran’ (Best Director) in 2020, and ‘Best Director’ in 2021. He received an award for ‘Introduction’ (Best Screenplay). In 2022, it won the Silver Bear Grand Jury Prize for ‘A Novelist’s Film’.

Last year, the 29th feature film ‘In the Water’ was invited to the Encounters section, which introduces works with a new cinematic vision, but failed to win an award.

Director Marty Diop

Director Marty Diop

The Golden Bear, the highest honor, went to French director Matty Diop, who directed ‘Dahomey.’

‘Dahomey’ is a documentary that records the political debate taking place in Benin after France returned 26 artifacts from the Kingdom of Dahomey (currently Benin), which it colonized in the late 19th century, in November 2021. Director and actor Mati Diop, 41, whose parents are from Senegal, won the Golden Bear for his third feature-length directorial effort.

This year’s Berlin International Film Festival includes 5 films, including ‘The Traveler’s Need’, ‘Crime City 4’ (Special Gala Category), ‘Family’ (Forum), ‘It’s Okay, It’s Okay!’ (Generation K Plus), and ‘Circle’ (Short Film Competition). A few Korean films were shown.

Among these, the coming-of-age film ‘It’s Okay, It’s Okay!’, director Kim Hye-young’s debut feature film, received the Crystal Bear Award selected by the children’s jury.

This film festival, which opened on the 15th and introduced a total of 191 films, will end with the final screening of the award-winning films on the 25th.

Movie ‘Dahomey’

Movie ‘Dahomey’

The following is a list of winners and winners in the competition category.

▲ Golden Bear Award: Mati Diop ‘Dahomey’ (France)

▲ Silver Bear Award Judge’s Grand Prize: Hong Sang-soo ‘The Traveler’s Need’ (Yeohaengjaui pilyo, Korea)

▲ 〃 Jury Award: Bruno Dumont ‘Empire’ (L’Empire, France)

▲ 〃 Best Director: Nelson Carlos de los Santos Arias ‘Pepe’ (Dominican)

▲ 〃 Best Actor: ‘A Different Man’ Sebastian Stan (USA)

▲ 〃 Supporting Actress Award: ‘Small Things Like These’ Emily Watson (UK)

▲ 〃 Best Screenplay: Matthias Glazner, ‘Death’ (Sterben, Germany)

▲ 〃 Artistic Contribution Award: ‘Devil’s Bathroom’ (Des Teufels Bad) cinematographer Martin Kschlacht (Austria)

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