BONG Joon-ho Provides Update in Mar Del Plata
Director BONG Joon-ho is currently in Argentina at the Mar Del Plata International Film Festival where he is serving on the International jury as well as participating in a retrospective of his work. The fate of his latest film Snowpiercer has been the subject of much speculation as reports have suggested that The Weinstein Company, the film’s English market distributor, was preparing to excise as much as 20 minutes of the film to take into account the taste of western viewers.
During a press conference in Mar Del Plata, the director revealed that prior to his Argentine trip, he spent a fortnight in New York and the bulk of that trip was to do with negotiations concerning Snowpiercer and the version that would be shown in English-language territories. He went on to say that in light of the film’s performance in Korea and France and its upcoming releases in Hong Kong and Japan, all markets which are using the director’s cut of the film, Snowpiercer may screen in an unaltered from in North America, the United Kingdom, Ireland, South Africa, Australia and New Zealand.
In Korea, the film accrued just over 9.3 million admissions and to date is the year’s second most popular Korean film. The film is currently on release in France and has attracted 545,000 spectators in just 19 days, making it the highest-performing Korean film to ever screen in that market. Earlier this week, the film received three awards, including Best Picture, Director and Cinematography, at the 33rd Korean Association of Film Critics Awards and also served as the closing film of the Hong Kong Asian Film Festival.