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Bong Joon-Ho, winner of a Palme d'Or for “Parasite”, discovers the Lumière Festival

“Parasite”, awarded in Cannes, has already attracted 2 million spectators in France.

Auréolé of his Palme d'Or of Cannes for Parasite, South Korean director Bong Joon-Ho came for the first time at the Lumière Festival in Lyon. He was treated to a guided tour by Thierry Frémaux in person, in the footsteps of the Lumière brothers.

Parasite definitely propelled Bong Joon-Ho in the firmament of cinema. He that the public had really discovered in 2003 with Memories of Murder, then The Host three years later, before Mother in 2009 and Snowpiercer in 2013, has established itself among the great of the 7th art in less than ten films.

Present at the Lumière Festival for the first time, he was moved to walk in the footsteps of Auguste and Louis Lumière: “Which filmmaker does not know where cinema was born?” It's really here that it all started, for me it's very symbolic to be there. “

With his films, Bong Joon-Ho poses a sharp look on his country that he summarizes in one word: “absurd”. My film Memories of Murder happens in the 80s and the military dictatorship of the time was already completely absurd.

Today Korea has changed, it is a rich, industrialized country known for its high technology and its K.Pop and yet some absurdities persistBong Joon-Hodirector

We must go back to Farenheit 9/11 Michael Moore to see a Golden Palm attract more than 2 million spectators in France. Bong Joon-Ho, who did not imagine one day receiving the Palme d'Or, is he surprised by the success of Parasite in France and around the world? He explains it in watermark: “It's a film about this divide between poor and rich. It is a universal subject about the capitalist world in which we live. “

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