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Honour for South Korean actress

France's Minister for Foreign Trade Anne-Marie Idrac and Jeon Do-Yeon
Jeon was presented with the award by France's trade minister

South Korean actress Jeon Do-yeon has received one of France's top art awards at a film festival in her home country.

French Trade Minister Anne-Marie Idrac made Jeon a knight of the Order of Arts and Letters at the Pusan International Film Festival.

Jeon won a best-actress award at the Cannes film festival in 2007 for her role in The Secret Sunshine.

Ms Idrac called Jeon "one of the most talented actresses in South Korea today."

Her previous films have included The Scandal and You Are My Sunshine.

France's Order of Arts and Letters was set up in the 1950s to recognise contributions to the arts and literature.

Film-maker of the year

Recent recipients of the chevalier award have included Kylie Minogue, Jude Law, George Clooney and children's illustrator Quentin Blake.

The highest order of commander has been given to Dennis Hopper, Bob Dylan and Clint Eastwood.

Among the highlights of the Pusan International Film Festival have been a screening of I Come with the Rain, an international thriller starring US actor Josh Hartnett, South Korea's Lee Byung-hun and Takuya Kimura of Japan.

Also at the festival, Indian director Yash Chopra has been honoured as filmmaker of the year.

Chopra, who founded one of India's top studios, Yash Raj Films, has enjoyed close working relationships with some of Bollywood's biggest stars including Amitabh Bachchan and Shah Rukh Khan.



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