Rarely have international film critics been more consistent in their tribute to a film, simultaneously as the film has swept all competitors away at ticket offices, with huge numbers of visitors to cinemas across the globe. Parasite won the Palme d'Or during this year's festival in Cannes.
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In the film we meet Kim Ki-taek, an unemployed family father who lives together with his wife and two grown children in a beggarly basement apartment with very poor prospects for the future. However, when the son gets the opportunity to work for a rich family, it opens up new possibilities to all family members.
«We are opening Film from South with a film that is praised both by the audience and critics from all over the world. It is a remarkable achievement to describe the class struggle in such a studied and engaging way as Bong Joon-ho does in Parasite. Bong sets a whole new standard by taking the contradictions between poor and rich to another level, and he does so with effective instruments from many genres, » says artistic director at Film from South, Lasse Skagen.
Director Bong Joon-ho himself describes the film as depiction of ordinary people who end up in avoidable trouble. Parasite is a comedy without clowns, a tragedy without any villains. These days, Joon-ho is one of South Korea’s most internationally known filmmakers, and extremely popular in his home country. The horror movie The Host, and the English-speaking action-thriller Snowpiercer, is among the most visited films in South Korea ever.
«We at Arthaus are proud and delighted that Film from South has chosen this year’s Palme d'Or-winner Parasite as their opening film. We are looking forward to sharing this power barrel of a film with the festival’s large and enthusiastic audience, and are hoping that it will shine just as bright here in Oslo as it did in Cannes in May,» says Svend Jensen, Managing Director of the Norwegian distributor Arthaus.
International feature films and guests.
In addition to the opening film Parasite, several international feature films are competing for The Silver Mirror in this year’s main program. Here we find, among other films, Divine Love, supported by Sørfond and distributed by Mer film, directed by the Brazilian director Gabriel Mascaro, Jayro Bustamante’s Tremors from Guatemala, the Colombian film Monos by Alejandro Landes, as well as Too Late to Die Young from Chilean Dominga Sotomayor Castillo. The last two are distributed by Arthaus, and it is very gratifying to announce that Castillo is one of this year’s main guests at the Film from South-festival.