Cannes Palme d'Or, Bong Joon-ho's "Parasite" at 19th New Horizons IFF

Parasite, dir. Joon-ho Bong
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Awarded the Palme d'Or at Cannes and given the highest rating by international critics in the industry publication "Screen," Bong Joon-ho's film has taken audiences by storm. The Polish premiere of Parasite will take place at the 19th New Horizons International Film Festival in Wroclaw (July 25 - August 4).

Combining a crime story with drama and a thriller with a dark comedy, the director of Snowpiercer and Okja connects two families, two worlds, and two social classes whose chances of encountering each other in real life are becoming increasingly less probable. They are separated by a growing economic gap, which pushes the indebted majority lower while the rich minority keeps rising. The metaphor beomes literal when unemployed parents with two children are forced to camp down low in the gutter of the slums while stairs are required to get to the entrance of Mr. Park's exclusive estate. The stairway is no obstacle for a boy from a poor home; although he failed his college entrance exams (like his sister), he has enough ambition and cunning to climb the economic ladder. When the opportunity comes up for a tutoring job in Mr. Park's home, the boy flawlessly plays the role of an educated, modest, and trustworthy teacher; exactly the kind rich snobs fantasize about. The conspiracy slowly enmeshes more members of the family, eliminating the Park's old servants along the way. A series of surprising, tragicomic events ensues, thanks to which the rich and poor confront their life styles, looking at themselves in the mirror, and leads to a spectacular finale that keeps audiences at the edge of their seats.

Clever or desperate? Ruthless or taking advantage of their only chance? Bong Joon-ho (his The Host, Memoeries of Murder are familiar to New Horizons audiences), leaves moral judgements of his characters to the audience. Meanwhile, he extracts humor and irony from the stories he tells. Because who really is the eponymous "parasite" here - the greedy paupers or rich people basking in luxuries?

The film is distributed in Poland by Gutek Film.

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