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PARASITE and SCATTERED NIGHT to Screen in San Sebastian

Sep 02, 2019
  • Writerby Pierce Conran
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Commercial and Indie Korean Films Invited to Prestigious Fest


The prestigious San Sebastian International Film Festival in Spain is returning for its 67th edition from September 20 to 28. Among this year’s jam-packed program of world cinema highlights will be a couple of Korean titles, BONG Joon-ho’s much-heralded new film PARASITE and the new indie drama Scattered Night from debut directors LEE Ji-hyoung and KIM Sol.

Though it scarcely needs an introduction at this point, PARASITE is the seventh film from Korean master BONG Joon-ho and debuted in competition at the Cannes Film Festival earlier this year, where it became the first ever Korean film to pick up the coveted Palme d’Or. The film went on to be a hit in Korea, welcoming over ten million viewers, and it was recently selected as South Korea’s official submission to the Best International Film category of next year’s Academy Awards.

Scattered Night, which will screen in the News Directors section, debuted in the Jeonju International Film Festival this spring, where it won both the Grand Prize and the Best Acting Prize in the Korean Competition section. The film follows two young sisters whose parents announce to them that they will get a divorce. Over the following two weeks they fret over who will end up living with who.

The last Korean film to earn a prize in San Sebastian was Yourself and Yours, which earned the Best Director prize for Hong Sangsoo from the main competition in 2016.
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