This year, the Cannes Film Festival is set to welcome four films from Korea, from the most anticipated new film from a Korean director this year, down to a promising student short. Bong Joon-ho is back in competition with his latest film “Parasite”, the ‘Midnight Screenings’ welcome a new Korean genre film in “The Gangster, The Cop, The Devil”, student short “Reonghee” (Alien) is invited to Cinéfondation and Jeong Da-hee returns to Directors’ Fortnight with her short animation “Movements”.

Two years after getting his first invitation to the Cannes competition section with his Netlfix-backed “Okja”, director Bong is back on the Croisette with “Parasite”, his first fully Korean-language project since “Mother”, which screened in the Un Certain Regard section at Cannes in 2009. Bong’s new work features Song Kang-ho as the head of a struggling family that finds itself entangled with a rich family following an unexpected incident. The film also stars Lee Sun-kyun, Jo Yeo-jeong, Choi Woo-shik, Park So-dam and Jang Hye-jin.

Ma Dong-seok in “The Gangster, The Cop, The Devil”

Lee Won-tae’s sophomore film “The Gangster, The Cop, The Devil” will join the Midnight Screenings lineup. The film stars Ma Dong-seok, previously seen in the midnight slot in “Train To Busan” (2016), as a gangster who teams up with a cop (Gim Mu-yeol) to take down a killer (Kim Sung-kyu).

Korean National university of Arts (K’Arts) student Yeon Je-gwang makes his Cannes debut with his immigration-themed “Reonghee” (Alien) which will compete in the Cinéfondation section. Animation director Jeong Da-hee is back in Directors’ Fortnight with her short “Movements”, five years after “Man on the Chair” screened in the same section.

Still from “Movements” by Jeong Da-hee

This year’s Cannes Film Festival will run from May 14 to 25.

Source: Korean Film Council

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