Thursday, 14 May 2009

Thirst and Mother at Cannes International Film Festival

Thirst & Mother selected for Cannes

Two Korean films have been chosen for the official selection of the 62nd Cannes Film Festival (13 - 24 May, 2009). The films are Thirst (directed by Park Chan-wook) and Mother (directed by Bong Joon-ho).

Park Chan-wook's vampire thriller has been selected to run for best film (the prestigious Palme d’Or prize) while Bong Joon-ho's Mother will compete in the young, innovative and challenging work category.

Neither of these directors are newcomers to the Cannes Film Festival. In 2004 Park Chan-wook (who is sometimes called the Quentin Tarantino of Korea) won the festival's Grand Prix Award for his film Old Boy.

Mother is director Bong Joon-ho's third nomination following The Host (2006) and Tokyo! (2008).

Kim Hye-ja (Goong) and Won Bin (Taegukgi) stars in Mother

Mother is the story of a mentally handicapped boy who is wrongly framed for a brutal murder, and his mother’s struggles to have his name cleared.

Song Kang Ho and Kim Ok Bin in Thirst

Thirst (박쥐) is the dark bloody drama of a priest who is turned into a vampire by a blood transfusion, and the consequences of his attraction to his friend’s wife.

Director Park Chan-wook and actors Song Kang-ho and Kim Ok-bin were seen at Incheon International Airport on March 13, leaving to attend the Cannes International Film Festival.

Wish us luck!

Sources: Visit Korea, Newsen

Check out:
Old Boy (2003)
I'm a Cyborg, but that's OK (2006)
The Host (2006)

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Orchid said...

Gosh, i just realized...the movie posters are pretty similar!

Anonymous said...

Good luck these great directors!

Anonymous said...

Both trailers looks awesome to me XD. I nearly cried in "Mother" when Wonbin was locked in jail and screaming for his mom.

Anonymous said...

i hope both films win at Cannes. more recognition to Asian movies excellence!

Ace Nine said...

ohhh both films look soo good!
i'm dying to see them..!

Dottie said...

Ewww... check out the director's long fingernails... totally grossing me out.


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