The 31st Palm Springs International Film Festival will screen 188 films from 81 countries, opening with An Almost Ordinary Summer, directed by Simone Godano.
PARASITE (GISAENGCHUNG) (2019)
NAME OF FILM: PARASITE (GISAENGCHUNG) (2019)
DIRECTOR(S): Bong Joon-ho
STARRING: Kang-ho Song, Sun-kyun Lee, Yeo-jeong Jo
GENRE: Comedy Film
SYNOPSIS: In Bong Joon-ho’s exhilarating new film, a threadbare family of four struggling to make ends meet gradually hatches a scheme to work for, and as a result infiltrate, the wealthy household of an entrepreneur, his seemingly frivolous wife, and their troubled kids. How they go about doing this—and how their best-laid plans spiral out to destruction and madness—constitutes one of the wildest, scariest, and most unexpectedly affecting movies in years, a portrayal of contemporary class resentment that deservedly won the Cannes Film Festival’s Palme d’Or. As with all of this South Korean filmmaker’s best works, Parasite is both rollicking and ruminative in its depiction of the extremes to which human beings push themselves in a world of unending, unbridgeable economic inequality.
The African American Film Critics Association named its best films of 2019 with “The Black Godfather” winning for Best Documentary, and “The Last Black Man in San Francisco” for Best Independent Film.
The Southeastern Film Critics Association named Parasite – Best Film of 2019, and recognized other films including The Peanut Butter Falcon as ‘film that best evokes the spirit of the South.”
Parasite, South Korean director Bong Joon-ho’s dark, class-based comedy about a poor family that scams a rich one, took three top awards from the Toronto Film Critics Association including Best Picture.
Marriage Story leads the nominations for the 77th Golden Globe Awards with 7 nominations including Best Motion Picture Drama, Best Actress for Scarlett Johansson, Best Actor for Adam Driver and Best Supporting Actress for Laura Dern.
The Irishman leads all films with 14 nominations for 25th Critics’ Choice Awards including Best Picture, Robert De Niro for Best Actor, Al Pacino and Joe Pesci for Best Supporting Actor, Martin Scorsese for Best Director.
Marriage Story along with The Irishman and Joker lead the 2019 San Diego Film Critics Society’s Award Nominations scoring multiple nominations including for Best Picture.
The American Film Institute announced the 10 outstanding films and television shows receiving AFI AWARDS 2019 along with an AFI Special Award for Parasite.
South Korean director Bong Joon-ho’s Parasite, dominated the 2019 Atlanta Film Critics Circle Awards winning the awards for Best International Film, Best Director and Best Screenplay.
The National Board of Review announced their 2019 honorees, naming The Irishman the Best Film of 2019
For Sama was named Best British Independent Film 2019 at the 22nd British Independent Film Awards ceremony, becoming the first documentary to win that award.
Sight & Sound, the BFI’s international film magazine, named Joanna Hogg’s THE SOUVENIR as the Best Film of the Year.