South Korean director Bong Joon-ho won the top prize, the Palme d'Or, for his latest movie 'Parasite' at the Cannes Film Festival on Saturday. He is the first South Korean to grab the highest prize at the world famous film festival.
"When I was 12 years old, I decided to become a film director. I never imagined that I would touch this trophy."
The black comedy, which uses satire to show the gap between the rich and poor, was chosen out of the 21 nominated works, following a unanimous decision from the jury.
Bong's previous films include 'Okja' in 2017 and 'Snowpiercer' in 2013. His latest film 'Parasite' was sold to 192 countries worldwide, setting a new sales record for a Korean film.
His accomplishment at Cannes also made headlines around the world. CNN said the film portrayed "contemporary working class struggles in South Korea" and the New York Times called the film "a ferocious satire and critical favorite."
Several Korean films have won awards at Cannes in previous years, including the Grand Prix for Park Chan-wook's 'Old boy' in 2004 and Jury Prize for 'Thirst' in 2009, as well as the award for Best Director for Im Kwon-taek's 'Chihwaseon' in 2002.
Meanwhile, at this year's festival, the Grand Prix was given to French film 'Atlantics' and the Jury Prize was won by Brazilian film 'Bacurau'.
Yoon Jung-min, Arirang News.