On April 18th "Parasite" was confirmed to be appearing in competition at the 72nd Cannes Film Festival. This marks the fifth such appearance for director Bong Joon-ho. The first four were "The Host" in 2006, "TOKYO!" in 2008, "Mother - 2009" in 2009, and "Okja" in 2017.
The Cannes Film Festival is among the most prestigious in the world and is usually a preview of major contenders for awards season. This year it will start on May 14th and continue until May 25th.
In a statement Bong Joon-ho said that he felt honored for the film's selection. He was especially complimentary to the cast and crew, who labored under an extremely difficult summer last year to finish the film. Bong Joon-ho said that he hoped the movie's portrait of modern Korean life would be informative for international audiences.
"Parasite" is a social commentary film, about a strange family that attempts to survive in a difficult economy by metaphorically sucking life from the more successful. It will premiere in domestic Korean theaters sometime in May.
Written by William Schwartz
Staff writer. Has been writing articles for HanCinema since 2012, having lived in South Korea since 2011. Started out in Gyeongju, then to Daegu, then to Ansan, then to Yeongju, then to Seoul, lived on the road for HanCinema's travel diaries series in the summer of 2016, and is currently settled in Anyang. Has good tips for utilizing South Korea's public bus system. William Schwartz can be contacted via email@example.com.
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