Art and Experience: Kim Ji-seok, deputy director of the Busan International Film Festival, dies at the age of 57 while attending the 70th Cannes Film Festival.
Confirmed by the festival organizers, the media reported that the South Korean film expert suffered a fatal heart attack.
The Korean Film Council booth at the Palais in Cannes set up a traditional South Korean tribute for him.
Born in 1960 in Busan and raised in the port city, Kim was a founder member of the Busan Festival.
Kim was among the ‘the BIFF big four,’ along with founder/chairman Kim Dong-ho, former fest director Lee Yong-kwan and former deputy director Jay Jeon.
Kim Ji-seok was an international guest to the 35th edition of Iran’s Fajr International Film Festival.
The 70th edition of Cannes Film Festival is slated for May 17-28, 2017 in the French city of Cannes.