At the 10th Odesa International Film Festival will be presented the film Parasite, the winner of the Cannes Palme d'Or
In the non-competition program of the anniversary OIFF will be shown the winner of the 72nd Cannes Film Festival
The film Parasite by Bong Joon-ho, the South-Korean director, became almost debated film with the 72nd Cannes Film Festival and won the Palme d'Or there. After the film show, the audience has made a 15-minute standing ovation. The film also received the highest score in the traditional movie press rating from Screen Daily. At the 10th anniversary Odesa International Film Festival in the Festival of Festivals program, the Ukrainian premiere of the tragic comedy thriller will take place.
The film Parasite describes the life of a scammers' family, who wants to make money on wealthy people. Critics say the film could be reminiscent of last year's Cannes Laureate Shoplifters and Burning, which won the FIPRESCI Cannes prize in Cannes in 2018 but only at first glance. In fact, Parasite is a social drama with an incredible surrealistic plot, which at the same time looks rather plausible.
According to the plot, Kim Ki-taek's family lives in the basement and squeaks by a scanty earnests, collecting pizza packages. The situation is changing when the eldest son was offered a high-paid job as a tutor. With the help of his sister, he makes false documents about education and comes to the luxurious estate of a wealthy businessman. Having a good impression, the eldest son learns about another open vacancy, and he has a very unusual plan for employing his sister.
"It is a comedy without clowns and a tragedy without thieves", as the director himself described his film. Bong Joon-ho through satire and grotesque raises important issues of interdependence between the lower and upper social strata of society. The director is known for his ability to enchant the viewer and disperse the boundaries of genres. From film to film, he raises questions of social stratification and injustice in the modern world. His unique style is a combination of sparkling humour, boundary drama and creepy suspense.
Bong Joon-ho is considered one of the best contemporary Korean and world filmmakers. He has 7 full-length films featured in nominations and awards at the international film festivals, including in Cannes, San Sebastián. This year, Pon Jun Heo first won the highest Cannes award and this is the first "gold" for South Korea in the history of the festival. For the audience, the director is familiar with films such as Okja, nominated for Palme d'Or in 2017, and action-dystopia Snowpiercer with Tilda Swinton and Chris Evans in leading roles.
The company Arthouse Traffic will already release the tragicomedy Parasite for Ukrainian public screening on August 1.
Recall that the anniversary 10th Odesa International Film Festival will be held July, 12th - 20th.