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Art and Culture1 Updated: 2012-08-09 00:00:00 KST

It's almost the weekend and we are here with our Michelle Kim for the details on what we can do on the weekend. For people in both London and Korea, Michelle has a bunch of arts and culture updates for us.

Hello Michelle

[Reporter : ] Hello Conn-young

So what do you have for us today[Reporter : ] Im Kwon-taek will be the featured director on "The Year of 12 Directors" program in London in October. The series, which usually screens four films by a featured director every month, will screen 15 films by Im, due to his influence and impact on Korean cinema. Let's have a look.


The films of Im Kwon-taek will be featured during the month of October as part of "The Year of 12 Directors" program highlighting Korean directors at the British Film Institute in London.

Im has made 101 films since his debut in 1962 with the film "Farewell to the Duman River."
Until the 80s, Im was known as a commercial filmmater and directed up to 8 films a year.
However, his turning point came in 1981 with the film "Mandala," a film that deals with the contradictions between the sacred and the secular life.
The film brought widespread attention to his artistry and ever since, Im has been a regular at international film festivals. His works,.. beautifully shot with stirring performances,.. explore Korea's past and Korean identity and often focus on traditional art forms.
His film "Sopyonje" from 1993 and "Chunhyang" from 2000 both revolve around pansori, a traditional form of narrative singing. "Sopyonje" also set a box office record of 1 million viewers in Seoul alone.
In 2002, he became the first Korean to win the best director award at the Cannes Film Festival with "Chihwaseon," which is about a nineteenth-century painter and his influence on Korean art.
His latest work "Hanji," from last year, is about artisans with a passion for making the traditional mulberry paper.
Fifteen of Im's films will be screened in London in October.
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