Jeon Do Yeon with Jia Zhangke and Gael Garcia Bernal (Cannes film festival 2014)
Jeon Do Yeon becomes first Korean actress to be jury member at Cannes International Film Festival
Cannes Jury discussion (youtube)
Jia Zhang Ke (previous post)
Lee was the director of ”Secret Sunshine,’’ which won Jeon the best actress award at the 60th Cannes festival in 2007.
In October 2006, Lee was awarded with the Chevalier (Knight) order of the Legion d’Honneur (Legion of Honor) by the French government for “his contribution to maintaining the screen quota to promote cultural diversity as a cultural minister.” It was delivered to the French embassy in South Korea by the French Minister of Culture, Renaud Donnedieu de Vabres during an official visit (via wiki)
To discover hidden beauty and meaning in small and trivial things is the fundamental element, not only for film, but also for all art genres. The problem is, beauty doesn’t exist per se. Like the light and shadow, whether it’s visible or not, beauty co-exists with pain, filth, and ugliness. Apricots need to fall down to earth to create a new life. Therefore, art is an irony as itself. As so are our lives.
All of his films have received critical acclaim and awards, with Oasis, a story involving a mentally ill man and a woman with cerebral palsy, winning the prestigious Director’s Award at the 2003 Venice Film Festival.