Sep 27 - Oct 14, 2018

Asian Film Academy 2018

2010 Faculty

A leading generation of filmmakers in the Iranian New Wave, a Persian movement that started in the late 1960s, Abbas Kiarostami is an internationally acclaimed Iranian Film Director, Producer and Photographer. Born in Tehran, in 1940, he majored in painting and graphic design at the Tehran University of Fine Arts and worked in advertising in the 1960s. Kiarostami helped set up a filmmaking department at the Institute for Intellectual Development of Children and Young Adults (Kanoon) in Tehran and started to make the film especially for children.

After having made his feature debut with The Bread and Alley (1970), a neo realistic short Film, he has directed many films. Where Is the Friend's Home? (1987) which won the Bronze Leopard of Locarno International Film Festival, And Life Goes On (1992) which won the Prix Roberto Rossellini at Cannes Film Festival and Through the Olive Trees (1994) are described by critics as the Koker trilogy. He used the themes of life, death, change and continuity to connect the films and he showed the quintessence of cinema-verite which blurs the line between fiction and documentary.

Starting from this, Kiarostami has won the admiration of audiences and critics all over the world and received at least 70 awards including the Palme d'Or award at Cannes Film Festival for Taste of Cherry (1997) and the Grand Jury Prize (Silver Lion) at Venice International Film Festival for The Wind Will Carry Us (1999). Along with the filmmaking, he works the wide range of activities and has been a member of Jury at numerous film festivals, most notably Cannes Film Festival including as the president of the Camera d'Or Jury in 2005. Over 40 years of filmmaking, he is still very active and full of vitality directing The Roads of Kiarostami (2005/2006), Shirin (2008) and Certified Copy (2010) which is competed at 2010 Cannes Film Festival, starring Juliette Binoche.

Being free from manufactured conventions or particular formula, Kiarostami delivers extraordinary views and austere enlightenment in depth in his films. This year, he will hand down the master's wisdom which is presented through his works to the AFA fellows.

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Born in Seoul, 1968, Moon Seungwook was a member of film club at Hankuk University of Foreign Studies named "Woolim". He studies filmmaking at National Film School of Lodz in Poland where is a Mecca of Eastern European films in Poland. While studying, he earned his artistic reputation by winning Jury Prize and Best Artistic Contribution with Mother (1994) and Best Artistic Contribution with The Old Airplane (1995) at the Seoul World Short Film & Video Festival.

His debut feature film Alien (Taekwondo) (1997) starring Ahn Sung-ki was a joint production between Korea and Poland. Portraying a Korean Taekwondo master living in Poland, his poised direction was highly received by the critics. His second feature Nabi (2001) is a science fiction tale set in a near future Korea with a subject of "oblivion virus." With Moon´s beautiful composition, actors also left deep impression in this unique film. Nabi has been won the Best Actress at the 5th Puchon International Fantastic Film Festival and the Bronze Leopard for Best Actress and Young Critics Award at the 54th Locarno International Film Festival.

In 2006, Moon ventured into more popular genre with Romance and in 2009, he joined the project called Film Meets Korea. The project is formed to introduce the beauty of Korean culture to the world and comprised of 5 films. Moon´s work, City of Crain portrays the industrial harbor city of Incheon.

Director Moon Seungwook shares the many commonalities and philosophies with the other faculty members of AFA 2010. As a deputy dean, he will coordinate overall AFA program and bridge between the faculty and the fellows. His presence as a deputy dean will bring out harmonious team work at AFA.
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OGIGAMI Naoko, born in Japan in 1972, went to the University of Southern California (USC) in 1994 after graduating from Chiba University's Image Science program. She used to want to be a photographer, but once she changed her mind to work in film-related field, she made up her mind to go and study in Hollywood. Starting to study film there, she couldn't even imagine that she would be a director. However, when she finished her course and completed her own script in USC, she gained a confidence in directing.

She returned to Japan in 2000 and her Hoshino-Kun, Yumeno-Kun won the Best Music Award and Audience selection at PIA Film Festival 2001. In 2003, her first feature length film, Yoshino´s Barber Shop brought her a reputation with winning a Grand Prix at PIA Film Festival 2003 and receiving a Special Mention at the Kinder Film Fest of Berlin International Film Festival 2004. She kept making her second feature film Koi wa go-shich-go! and released in Japan in 2004.

Her third film, Kamome Diner was filmed on location in Finland. The film follows a Japanese woman who runs a Japanese dining bar in Helsinki, the capital of Finland, and her life. She had great success with this film both in Japan and oversea. The next film Glasses describes life of people living in serene island without traditional plot and dramatic happening as her previous film Kamome Diner did. It also succeeded to catch domestic audience and won the Manfred Salzgeber Award at Berlin International Film Festival 2007.

Ogigami, who has started a new era of slow-life style cinema with her own distinctive philosophy of cinema, is the first female faculty of AFA and also invited to the 15th Pusan International Film Festival this year with her recent film Toilet. She will present a variety of views about films to the fellows with her directing skill which always arouses audiences´ sympathy with simple story in depth and full of warm and peaceful image in her film.

Cinematographer Kim Hyungkoo, born in 1960, experienced the joy of cinema through the activity of the film club called "Young-hwa Madang Woori (Field of Cinema, We)" when he was a student taking course of photography at Chung-Ang University. Then he got into Korean Academy of Film Arts(KAFA). After graduating from KAFA, he went to American Film Institute in USA for more systematic education. Came back to Korea, he made a debut as Director of photography without going through an apprenticeship system in Chungmu-ro. It was the first case in the Korean film industry.

The film which gave him a fame as a well- known cinematographer is Beat (Director Kim Sung-soo) in 1997. Since then he has experimented various styles of visual through City of the Rising Sun (1998), The Warriors (2001) directed by Kim Sung-soo and shoot many different styles and genre such as Spring in My Hometown (1998) by Lee Gwang-mo, The Uprising (1998) by Park Kwang-soo, Peppermint Candy (1999) by Lee Chang-dong, Interview (2000) by Byun Hyuk. Throughout all these films, he got the credit for abilities to express sensible image as well as depth and great emotion in the film. He has been the best cinematographer working with the top class director such as Hong Sang-soo for Woman Is the Future of Man (2004), Tale of Cinema (2005), Woman on the Beach (2006), Bong Jun-ho for Memories of Murder (2003), The Host (2006), Hur Jin-ho for One Fine Spring Day (2001), Happiness (2007) and Chen Kaige for Together (2002).

Loving the film working together more than photography doing alone, he focuses on actualization of director's intention more than anything else. His way of working has made him possible to work together with prominent contemporary directors. Presently, he is a professor at Korean National University of Arts and training a future cinematographer like himself. With plenty of experience, Kim Hyungkoo will initiate AFA fellows into his professional know-how as a cinematographer and present various aspects of modern Korean cinema.