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PIFF Names Recipient of 2008 Korean Cinema Award

2008/08/22 | 256 views | Permalink | Source

The 13th Pusan International Film Festival (PIFF) will present Richard Peñawith its 2008 Korean Cinema Award. The award has been handed out annually since the first PIFF, recognizing individuals who have made notable efforts in introducing Korean films to the global film industry.

Peña has been the program director of the Film Society of the New York Lincoln Center since 1988, bringing a wide range of Korean films to American audiences. In 2004, he organized the largest Korean film screening event to take place in the USA, a showcase titled "The Newest Tiger: 60 Years of South Korean Cinema".

The event presented 40 films from the 1940's to the present, including YUN Yong-gyu's "A Hometown in Heart" (1949) and Im Kwon-taek's "Low Life" (2004). This year Peña also held the first retrospective in the US of director Kim Ki-young, on the occasion of the 10th anniversary of his death. The event screened 12 of the director's remarkable features including his masterpiece "The Housemaid - 1960" (1960).

Peña is the 28th person to receivethe award. Past recipients include Thiery Fremaux, director of the Cannes Film Festival, Sabrina Baracetti, director of the Udine Far East Film Festival, and distinguished UK film critic Tony Rayns. Peña is an associate professor of film at Columbia University and the current co-host of channel 13's weekly showcase of independent film "Reel 13".

Nigel D'Sa (KOFIC)

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