Director Kim Ki-Duk will be a special guest of the XV festival «Amur autumn»

© RIA Novosti / Ekaterina to Chesnokova in potabachim Ki-Duk. Archival photo<img src="/wp-content/uploads/sites/5/2017/09/61144422d0f8efbb6af2335916d03adf.jpg" alt="Director Kim Ki-Duk will be a special guest of the XV festival «Amur autumn»” />© RIA Novosti / Ekaterina to Tecnocovering the image Bank

South Korean Director Kim Ki-Duk will be a special guest of the XIV open festival of cinema and theatre «Amur autumn» in the Amur region, organizers said on Saturday.

The festival kicks off in Blagoveshchensk on Saturday. Within its framework a competition of feature films, which will feature nine foreign films, eight of them premieres in Russia.

«Special guest XV cinema and theater festival «Amur autumn» will be the Director with a world name Kim Ki-Duk at the opening (on Saturday) he will be awarded the prize for contribution to world cinema,» the organizers said to reporters.

Traditionally, several awards — statuettes crane — handed at the opening ceremony of the festival.

Kim Ki-Duk — the Grand prize winner of the 69th Venice film festival, the Golden lion for the film «Pieta,» winner of four awards at the international festival in Locarno for his film «Spring, summer, fall, winter… and spring» and «Samaritan» made him the winner of the prize «Silver bear» at the Berlin film festival.

The festival «Amur autumn» is held with the support of the government, the foreign Ministry and the Ministry of culture of Russia, Union of cinematographers of Russia, the Amur region government and administration of Blagoveshchensk. General sponsor of the festival this year — SIBUR.

The festival, which is expected by the organizers, will be attended by over 80 thousand people, September 24. Guests and participants of the festival will be more than 350 filmmakers, public figures, musicians and artists.