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Kim Ki-duk to unveil new film in Cannes

By Park Jin-hai

Kim Ki-duk. Courtesy of Kim Ki Duk Film
Filmmaker Kim Ki-duk, who has been in the hot seat for allegedly sexually harassing and assaulting actresses, will unveil his newest film at Cannes Film Festival.

The film, whose title and details have yet to be disclosed, is known to be a 72-minute-long drama created by Kim Ki Duk Film. It will be screened to buyers, film critics and journalists at the Cannes Film Market sometime between May 15 and 16.

It has been rumored that Kim's latest film was shot at a resort city in Kazakhstan.

The award-winning director, who won a Golden Lion at the Venice International Film Festival for "Pieta" in 2012 and a Silver Lion for Best Director at the 61st Venice International Film Festival for "3-Iron" in 2004, fell from grace last year, after several actresses accused him of sexually assaulting them while filming.

But the court in January dismissed the sexual assault charges over lack of evidence. Kim followed up seeking false accusation and defamation suits against the accusers including MBC's investigative TV show "PD Notebook."

The 58-year-old director has been keeping a low profile in the local cinema industry since, but has been active overseas.

Despite objections from local women's rights groups, Kim's feature film "Human, Space, Time and Human" was chosen to open Japan's Yubari Film Festival in March. He was also named as the president of the jury for the 41st Moscow International Film Festival held in April.



By Park Jin-hai

Kim Ki-duk. Courtesy of Kim Ki Duk Film
Filmmaker Kim Ki-duk, who has been in the hot seat for allegedly sexually harassing and assaulting actresses, will unveil his newest film at Cannes Film Festival.

The film, whose title and details have yet to be disclosed, is known to be a 72-minute-long drama created by Kim Ki Duk Film. It will be screened to buyers, film critics and journalists at the Cannes Film Market sometime between May 15 and 16.

It has been rumored that Kim's latest film was shot at a resort city in Kazakhstan.

The award-winning director, who won a Golden Lion at the Venice International Film Festival for "Pieta" in 2012 and a Silver Lion for Best Director at the 61st Venice International Film Festival for "3-Iron" in 2004, fell from grace last year, after several actresses accused him of sexually assaulting them while filming.

But the court in January dismissed the sexual assault charges over lack of evidence. Kim followed up seeking false accusation and defamation suits against the accusers including MBC's investigative TV show "PD Notebook."

The 58-year-old director has been keeping a low profile in the local cinema industry since, but has been active overseas.

Despite objections from local women's rights groups, Kim's feature film "Human, Space, Time and Human" was chosen to open Japan's Yubari Film Festival in March. He was also named as the president of the jury for the 41st Moscow International Film Festival held in April.



Park Jin-hai jinhai@koreatimes.co.kr


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