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PARASITE Leads Korean Quartet at Cannes 2019
Apr 26, 2019
- Writerby Pierce Conran
Korean Works Selected in Competition, Midnight, Cinéfondation and Directors’ Fortnight
This year, the Cannes Film Festival is set to welcome four films from Korea, from the most anticipated new film from a Korean director this year, down to a promising student short. BONG Joon-ho is back in competition with his latest film PARASITE, the ‘Midnight Screenings’ welcome a new Korean genre film in The Gangster, The Cop, The Devil, student short Reonghee (Alien) is invited to Cinéfondation and JEONG Da-hee returns to Directors’ Fortnight with her short animation Movements.
Two years after getting his first invitation to the Cannes competition section with his Netlfix-backed Okja, director BONG is back on the Croisette with PARASITE, his first fully Korean-language project since Mother, which screened in the Un Certain Regard section at Cannes in 2009. BONG’s new work features SONG Kang-ho as the head of a struggling family that finds itself entangled with a rich family following an unexpected incident. The film also stars LEE Sun-kyun, JO Yeo-jeong, CHOI Woo-shik, PARK So-dam and JANG Hye-jin.
LEE Won-tae’s sophomore film The Gangster, The Cop, The Devil will join the Midnight Screenings lineup. The film stars Don LEE (aka MA Dong-seok), previously seen in the midnight slot in TRAIN TO BUSAN (2016), as a gangster who teams up with a cop (GIM Mu-yeol) to take down a killer (KIM Sung-kyu).
Korea National University of Arts (K’Arts) student YEON Je-gwang makes his Cannes debut with his immigration-themed Reonghee (Alien) which will compete in the Cinéfondation section. Animation director JEONG Da-hee is back in Directors’ Fortnight with her short Movements, five years after Man on the Chair screened in the same section.
This year’s Cannes Film Festival will run from May 14 to 25.