Bong Joon-ho’s ‘Parasite’ Earns Five-Minute Cannes Ovation

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Bong Joon-ho’s ‘Parasite’ Earns Five-Minute Cannes Ovation
Just days after the announcement of the selection of “Parasite” for main competition at the Cannes Film Festival, South Korean director Bong Joon-ho warned members of the local press not to expect his film to win the Palme d’Or. He also suggested that the film was “hyper local” and possibly difficult for foreign audiences to understand.

Whether that was a case of false modesty, or a genuine instance of pre-presentation nerves, Bong has little to worry about on the evidence of Tuesday night’s gala screening.

For more than five minutes after the lights went up, with the credits roll nearly completed, the audience in Cannes’ Grande Theatre Lumiere was on its feet clapping and cheering. That appreciation almost equaled the six-minute standing ovation recorded earlier in the day for Quentin Tarantino’s “One Upon a Time in Hollywood.”

Bong received hugs from his cast, and one from friend Tilda Swinton,
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