In Blagoveshchensk Director Kim Ki-Duk was awarded for his contribution to the development of cinema

© RIA Novosti / Ekaterina to Chesnokova in Photobacterium Kim Ki-Duk. Archival photoIn Blagoveshchensk Director Kim Ki-Duk was awarded for his contribution to the development of cinema© RIA Novosti / Ekaterina to Tecnocovering the image Bank

South Korean Director Kim Ki-Duk received at the XV open festival of cinema and theatre «Amur autumn» in the Amur region award for contribution in world cinema, the correspondent of RIA Novosti news from the opening ceremony of the festival.

As previously reported, Kim Ki-Duk is a special guest of the festival, according to tradition, several awards are awarded at the opening ceremony.

«I’m very grateful for the invitation, I was happy to meet the audience, fans of my work. In a world of many differences between people, but the cinema has no boundaries. So let’s use movies to love and respect each other,» said Kim Ki-Duk. South Korean Director has arrived to Blagoveshchensk for two days. The prize for contribution to world cinema awarded with «Amur autumn» for the first time.

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.

Jubilee «Amur autumn» was launched in Blagoveshchensk on September 16, this year for the first time in the framework of the show will be a competition of feature films, which will feature nine foreign films, eight of them premieres in Russia.

The international competition will take place at the festival for the first time in Russian competition full meter in Blagoveshchensk will be presented 11 films, including seven premieres, the jury and the audience will see 24 short films made in Russia in 2016 and 2017. Of all the festivals of Russia «Amur autumn», a competition antrepriznyh performances, there will be a total of 10 performances.

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, 173 people have already arrived in Blagoveshchensk.