Close. Yoon has dinner with Park Chan-wook, Cannes winner Song Kang-ho


SEOUL, June 12 (Yonhap) — President Yoon Suk-yeol dined Sunday with director Park Chan-wook and actor Song Kang-ho to celebrate their honors at this year’s Cannes International Film Festival.

Park won the best director award at the 75th annual film festival last month for his romantic thriller “Decision to Leave.” This is his third Cannes award after the Grand Prix for “Oldboy” (2003) and the Jury Prize for “Thirst” (2009).

For his performance in the drama “Broker,” written and directed by Japanese auteur Hirokazu Kore-eda, Song became the first Korean to win Best Actor at Cannes.

“As a representative of the Korean people, I believe it is my duty to invite and entertain you, who have made remarkable achievements at the Cannes Film Festival,” Yoon said during the dinner held at the presidential office.

Also present at the dinner were veteran filmmaker Im Kwon-taek, who won best director with “Chihwaseon” at Cannes in 2002, and culture minister Park Bo-gyoon.

“The government’s key policy towards the culture and art sector is not to intervene but to support,” Yoon said. “If there is anything needed to further develop the film industry, I will do my best to help you.”

Earlier today, Yoon and first lady Kim Keon-hee saw “Broker” at a theater in Seoul.

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