The new movie "Thirst" by Korea's renowned director Park Chan-wook
won one of the three main awards of the 62nd Cannes Film Festival.
The film a dark story about a priest-turned-vampire who struggles against his bloodthirsty instincts won the jury prize at the Cannes on Sunday being praised as a "unique noir film" by jurors.
This marks Park Chan-wook
's second Cannes award after he took home the Grand Jury Prize with the revenge thriller "Old Boy"
This win represents his third prize at an international film festival as his science fiction comedy "I'm a Cyborg, But That's OK
" garnered him the Alfred Bauer Prize at the Berlin Film Festival in 2007.
In his acceptance speech Park said that for him the joy of creating is the main engine that enables him to make movies adding that he wants to share the honor with his close friend and colleague Song Kang-ho
who starred in the movie.
Eight Korean movies have been entered as candidates at the Cannes Film Festival and "Thirst" has become the fourth to win an award following "Chihwaseon
" in 2002, "Old Boy"
in 2004, and "Secret Sunshine
" in 2007.
British director Andrea Arnold's "Fish Tank" a movie about the life of a teenage girl in a London suburb was the co-winner of the jury prize alongside "Thirst".
And the top prize went to Austrian director Michael Haneke's "The White Ribbon" which is a tragic tale about a small German town before World War I.
Jang Sou-ie, Arirang News.