Bong Joon-ho’s 'Parasite' Wins Palme d'Or, First Korean Film to Win Cannes Film Festival
Korean director Bong Joon-ho’s raucous social satire ‘Parasite,’ about a poor family of hustlers who find jobs working for a wealthy family, has won the Palme d’Or, Cannes Film Festival’s top award.
‘Parasite’ is the first Korean movie to ever win Cannes. During the festival’s closing ceremony, jury president Alejandro Inarritu described the choice as ‘unanimous’ for the nine-person jury.
The genre-mixing film, Bong’s seventh, had arguably been celebrated the most among the competition at Cannes this year, hailed by critics as the best yet from the 49-year-old director known for such international hits as ‘Snowpiercer’ and ‘Okja.’
“To celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Korean cinema, I think the Cannes Film Festival has offered me a very great gift,” Bong told reporters after the ceremony.
It was the second straight Palme victory for an Asian director. Last year, the award went to Japanese filmmaker Hirokazu Kore-eda’s ‘Shoplifters,’ also a compassionate parable about an impoverished family.
“We shared the mystery of the unexpected way this film took us through different genres, speaking in a funny, humorous and tender way of no judgement of something so relevant and urgent and so global,” Inarritu told reporters at the conclusion of the festival.