Un réalisateur décède sur la Croisette — Festival de Cannes

Le Palais des festivals de Cannes- Illustration du 70e festival de Cannes le 15 mai 2017

Le Palais des festivals de Cannes- Illustration du 70e festival de Cannes le 15 mai 2017

Créé en 1996, le Festival International du Film de Busan vient de perdre l'un de ses membres fondateurs: Kim Ji-seok est en effet décédé d'une crise cardiaque à l'âge de 57 ans, alors qu'il se trouvait sur la Croisette pour la 70ème édition du Festival de Cannes.

"Il fut l'un des grands inspirateurs du Festival de Busan, en Corée du Sud, dont il était l'un des visages marquants", a rendu hommage, vendredi, Thierry Frémaux, saluant "un grand professionnel et un grand programmateur".

Il était chef de l'équipe de programmation depuis 2007 et malgré la polémique autour de la projection au festival, de ce film documentaire sur le naufrage du Sewol et les pressions exercées par l'administration Park Geun-hye sur le comité d'organisation, il s'est battu pour la normalisation du BIFF. "Il était un farouche défenseur du cinéma coréen, ayant accompagné l'émergence de la nouvelle génération de son pays", a-t-il ajouté.

L'annonce du décès de Kim Ji-seok est survenu le jour de la présentation du film de Bong Joon-ho ("Okja") "qui lui vouait une grande amitié". En 2015, il confiait à Variety "ne jamais imaginer que [son] festival durerait aussi longtemps ni qu'il deviendrait le plus grand d'Asie".

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