The Asian Filmmaker of the year
The Asian Filmmaker of the Year Award is presented to an Asian filmmaker of group that has significantly contributed to the development of the Asian film industry and Asian culture. The late director Suzuki Seijun is the recipient of this year.
SUZUKI SeijunDirector / Japan
Suzuki Seijun was born in Tokyo in 1923. He enrolled in the film department of the Kamakura Academy in 1946 and worked as an assistant director at several studios. Debuted as filmmaker with Cheers At the Harbor: Triumph In My Hands (Minato no kanpai: Shôri o waga te ni) in 1956, he directed over 40 works until 1967 and named as a significant figure in Japanese New Wave. Suzuki’s yakuza thrillers and pop-art cinematic style influenced future filmmakers including Wong Kar Wai, Quentin Tarantino and John Woo. His representative works include Gate of Flesh (1964), Tokyo Drifter (1966), Branded to Kill (1967), Zigeunerweisen (1980). Princess Raccoon (2005) was screened at the 10 th Busan International Film Festival.
Korean Cinema Award
The Korean Cinema Award is presented to cineastes that have made a notable contribution in the globalization of Korean cinema. Christoph Terhechte, Head of Berlin International Film Festival is the recipient of this year.
Christoph TERHECHTEHead of Berlin International Film Festival Forum / Germany
Christoph Terhechte was born in 1961, in the city of Münster, Germany. He studied political science and journalism at the University of Hamburg and started his career as a film journalist in 1984. After he worked as a writer of “taz”, a daily newspaper in Germany, Terhechte moved to Paris, working as a freelance journalist. He also worked as a head editor in the film section at the Berlin city magazine “tip”. He promoted European cinema by working on the film selection and editorial work of the European Low Budget Film Forum in Hamburg. Christoph Terhechte has been a member of the selection committee of the Berlin International Film Festival Forum since 1997 and was appointed head of the Berlinale section in 2001. Working as a head of the International Forum of New Cinema of the Berlin International Film Festival, Christoph Terhechte has actively introduced Korean cinema to European audiences.