The 2009 Cannes Film Festival closed its curtains on May 24th.
A total of 10 Korean films were invited to screen at Cannes.
Director Bong Joon-ho
's "Mother - 2009"
was invited to compete for the "Un Certain Regard" prize, receiving great praise in the process.
's "Thirst" took home the Jury Prize.
And once again, Cannes provided an opportunity to show the world what Korean films are all about.
Recently, Korean films have been showing their best side at the world's top film festivals including Cannes, Berlin and Venice.
Behind their success is what some might call "cinema diplomacy".
Since the launch of the Pusan Film Festival in 1996, a host of international festivals are introducing Korean films to viewers around the world every year.
This led to "Strokes of fire
", by Im Kwon-taek
winning Best Director in 2002, and Park Chan-wook
winning the Grand Prix at Cannes two years later with "Old Boy"
The same year "3-Iron
" was awarded Best Director at Venice.
Why can't international film festivals seem to tear themselves away from Korean cinema "Old Partner"
entertained three million Koreans at the box office with the heart touching story of an old man and his partner of 40 years his cow.
This was the film that proved that indie films could actually make it.
This film also gathered international acclaim, setting a new standard for Korean independent film.
Neglected for so long in favor of Hollywood blockbusters and films made for the mass market the brilliant success of indie films is a sign that Korean film is ready to take on a wider breadth of life and art.
Korean cinema is shining through the economic gloom that has set upon the world.
This year we'll be seeing 80 new pictures.
Korean film is still strong both in volume and quality.
Let's wait and see what will be on screen next.