Hong Sang Soo Wins Best Screenplay For

Hong Sang Soo has scored the Silver Bear for Best Screenplay at this year’s Berlin International Film Festival (Berlinale) for his latest film, “Introduction.”

The 71st edition of the Berlin International Film Festival was held online from March 1 to 5, and the winners were revealed on March 5 through a streamed announcement.

Hong Sang Soo directed and wrote the screenplay for “Introduction,” which made its worldwide premiere at the festival. The movie tells the story of a young man who travels to visit his father, girlfriend, and mother, and its cast includes Shin Seok Ho, Park Mi So, Kim Young Ho, Ye Ji Won, Ki Joo Bong, Seo Young Hwa, Kim Min Hee, Jo Yoon Hee, and more.

The festival’s jury statement reads, “More than telling a story, or advancing a narration with efficiency, this script fabricates those momentary intervals between one action and another, where, for an instant, a hidden truth of human life is suddenly revealed, bright and lucid.”

Hong Sang Soo expressed his gratitude through a video shared on the festival’s social media accounts. “I heard the news about this prize and I was surprised and happy,” said Hong Sang Soo. “I would like to thank the jury for their appreciation of the film. I was happy to read the jury statement. I also would like to thank Berlin Film Festival and Carlo and Mark for their appreciation and the selection.”

He went on to say, “I found this young snail a long time ago while on a walk with Kim Min Hee around our place, and I wanted to show this snail as a small present to you all. It’s a hard time. Take care, take good care of yourselves.” The video goes on to feature a video of a snail, as promised!

Hong Sang Soo took home the Silver Bear for Best Director at last year’s Berlin International Film Festival for “The Woman Who Ran.”

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