Korean film “Parasite” gets invitations from multiple film festivals in N. America

2019.08.30 13:19:25 | 2019.08.30 13:49:29

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Cannes-winning movie “Parasite” has received invitations from multiple film festivals held in North America ahead of the Korean film’s official debut in the region on Oct. 11, its distributor CJ Entertainment said on Friday.

“Parasite”, the 2019 black comedy thriller film directed by Bong Joon-ho, was invited to the Telluride Film Festival in Colorado held on Friday. The film festival is known to invite a few art house films selected under strict criteria.

The Korean film was also invited to the Toronto International Film Festival, the largest film festival in North America, slated to start Sept. 5.

In addition, “Parasite” received invitations from the Fantastic Fest in Texas to take place on Sept. 16, and the New York Film Festival, which will be held on Sept. 27. The New York Film Festival is one of the most prestigious film festivals in the world along with Cannes, Berlin, and Venice.

"Parasite," Bong’s seventh feature film, stars Song Kang-ho, Lee Sun-kyun, Cho Yeo-jeong, Choi Woo-shik and Park So-dam and sends a message about income inequality through a story of two families.

Bong will attend all four film festivals, while Song will be present in Telluride and Choi in Toronto.

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"Parasite" was already chosen as the South Korean film to be presented for the category of international films at the the 92nd Academy Awards to take place in February 2020.

The movie won the Palme d`Or at the 2019 Cannes Film Festival, becoming the first Korean film to receive the award. It became the fourth movie that attracts upside of 10 million viewers in Korea this year.

By Park Chang-young and Minu Kim

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