Thursday, November 10, 2011

Kim Ki-duk ‘s Arirang won BIFFDOCS award in the Brisbane International Film Festival (BIFF)

The winner of BIFFDOCS, Australia’s richest documentary award, was named by an eminent jury of experienced documentary practitioners. T“Submitted by one of South Korea’s most celebrated filmmakers, Kim Ki-duk, Arirang is a disturbing autobiographical statement that has been described as the absolute and final expression of a filmmaker “ In taking out the BIFFDOCS prize, Arirang continues its global success, including winning the 2011 Cannes Un Certain Regard section earlier this year.h Screen Queensland CEO Maureen Barron said BIFFDOCS attracted an impressive 19 films from across the globe in its inaugural year, all vying for the $25 000 prize.e After one of his actresses almost died during the shooting of his 2008 film Dream, South Korean auteur Kim Ki-duk retired to a remote house and began to examine his life and career. With nobody but a cat for company he started filming his thoughts and activities, eventually recording a startling series of interviews with himself. The result is one of the most peculiar yet engrossing examinations of the filmmaking life ever recorded. Entirely filmed and edited by Kim, Arirang is - as much as any movie could conceivably be - the absolute and final expression of its maker: flawed, brilliant and tormented. "A thought-provoking tour de force, the far out experiment of a filmmaker in crisis." - Screen International wrote

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