The curtain for the “Cannes Film Festival” went up for the first time in 3 years in the aftermath of COVID-19.
This year’s 75th Cannes Film Festival will be held from May 17th (local time) in the Cannes Palais de Festival area in southern France for 12 days.
The Cannes Film Festival, which is considered one of the world’s top three film festivals, has only been canceled (2020) or abbreviated (2021) due to the COVID-19 pandemic since the 2019 event. In other words, it is the first time in 3 years that an event of the same normal scale as before the COVID-19 crisis will be held. A total of 4 Korean films will participate in this festival.
First of all, Japanese director Hirokazu Kore-eda’s “Broker” and director Park Chan-wook’s “Decision to Leave” were selected to compete for the Palme d’Or. Besides, “Hunt” (Midnight screenings) and “Next Sohee” (Closing film of International Critics’ Week) were selected to be screened out of competition. Korean actors Song Kang-ho, Kang Dong-won, IU (Lee Ji-eun), Lee Joo-young, Park Hae-il, Lee Jung-jae and Jung Woo-sung, who appeared in the above-mentioned movies, will enter Cannes.
The French film “All the People I’ll Never Be” starring Korean actors Oh Kwang-rok and Kim Sun-young was selected to compete in the Un Certain Regard section, and Oh Kwang-rok will also attend the Cannes Film Festival. In addition, the animation “Persona” (directed by Moon Su-jin) was selected to compete for the Short Film Palme d’Or. This is the first time a Korean animation has been invited to the Cannes Film Festival.
The main character of the “Palme d’Or” 3 years ago was the movie “Parasite”… Raising expectations for this year
At the 72nd Cannes Film Festival held in 2019 before the spread of COVID-19, director Bong Joon-ho’s film “Parasite” won the Palme d’Or. At this year’s film festival, two works succeeded in entering the competition category, and expectations are high that they can reenact the glory of “Parasite” 3 years ago.
It is the first time since 2017 that two Korean films have been listed in the competition category of the Cannes Film Festival at the same time. At that time, director Bong Joon-ho’s “Okja” and director Hong Sang-soo‘s “The Day After” were in the competition category.
In addition, director Hirokazu Kore-eda of the movie “Broker” once received the Palme d’Or, raising expectations for this year. Director Hirokazu Kore-eda won the Palme d’Or for “Shoplifters” at the 71st Cannes Film Festival in 2018.
Director Park Chan-wook, who is regarded as a world-class master beyond Korea, also has many good memories with the Cannes Film Festival. Director Park Chan-wook won the Grand Prix for “Oldboy” at the 57th Cannes Film Festival in 2004 and the Jury Prize for “Thirst” at the 62nd Cannes Film Festival in 2009.