Film fest mauled over Metoo 'hypocrisy'

Central Station | Feb 12, 2018
Organizers of this year's Berlin film festival, Berlinale, were accused of "extreme hypocrisy" for honoring a renowned South Korean director, Kim Ki Duk, despite claims that he subjected a Korean actress to physical and sexual abuse.

The actress, who sought anonymity, slammed the event's promotion as a forum to tackle abuse in the industry, while inviting Kim.

She claimed Kim, 57, beat and forced her into unscripted, unwanted sex and nude scenes while shooting his 2013 film Moebius.

"Kim admitted and was found guilty of physically assaulting me on the film set. Yet the Berlinale rolled out a red carpet to him while boasting about their support for the #Metoo movement," she said, citing the global movement in support of sexual abuse victims following sexual misconduct allegations against Harvey Weinstein.

Kim's Human, Space, Time and Human will premiere at the Berlin film festival which starts on Thursday.

Prosecutors dropped sex-abuse charges, but fined Kim under an out-of-court procedure for "minor" cases.

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