The Asian Film Awards Academy announced that legendary South Korean director, Lee Chang-dong will be this year’s jury president. Lee was the lifetime award recipient at the 13th Asian Film Awards and the Best Director award. Lee has been at the forefront of advancing Korean cinema onto the world stage, receiving multiple awards at international film festivals.
Shared exclusively to Tatler, director Lee said, “Last year, the ceremony had to be held online because of the Covid-19 pandemic, but I am happy that this year we are able to hold the ceremony in Busan in a hybrid format, both online and on-site. I would like to extend my congratulations on this event.”
Lee boasts a stunning portfolio of movies including his latest, 2018’s Burning which stars Oscar-nominated actor Steven Yeun, Asian Film Awards Best Actor nominee Yoo Ah-in and Baeksang Arts Awards Film Best Actress, Jeon Jong-seo.
Burning was also shortlisted for the Academy Award’s Best International Feature Film category—the first Korean film to make it to the shortlist. The movie also won the Fipresci award at the Cannes Film Festival.
Director Lee also worked on other notable films such as Secret Sunshine which starred Cannes Film Festival 2007 Best Actress, Jeon Do-yeon, Oasis which won the Best Director award at the Venice Film Festival and Poetry which clinched the Best Screenplay Award at the Cannes Film Festival in 2010. The master director has also been nominated for the Golden Lion and the Palme d’Or.