26th Fantasia International Film Festival
The renowned Fantasia International Film Festival recently wrapped up its 26th edition. Korean action film The Roundup and US sci-fi thriller The Artifice Girl were the big winners at the festival. The audience also gave the highest scores to four films from their home country. To learn more about the festival, read on. It’s always great to see new work from Korea!
The audience awards were handed out at a ceremony attended by more than a thousand filmgoers. The best films were screened at the Fantasia Festival, with the best being awarded the top prize. The audience voted for the offbeat and the genre film categories. The festival was also notable for its inclusion of genre films, such as social dramas and goofy comedies.
Alive adaptation of “The King of Pigs” was the first Korean film to be screened at Fantasia. Jong-suk, a homicide detective, is charged with catching his childhood friend Kyung-min, who has gone on a rampage killing bullies. He was once a victim of bullying at school. Kim Dae-jin directed the live-action K-Drama.
One of the best films of the year was the horror movie, “Parasite.” It’s a remake of a Japanese film and has won numerous awards and accolades. It’s an intense and atmospheric film that explores class, social inequality, and violence. Another film that received high praise at the festival was “Memories of Murder” from director Bong Joon Ho. The film stars Yunjin Kim and So Ji-sub. The movie won Best Picture, Best Director, and Best Film at the Fantasia International Film Festival.
Next Sohee is the most well known film in the list. A high school student who becomes a victim of exploitation and sexual assault is pushed into a mental institution. Taking on the role of a detective is Park’s ultimate revenge in the film. He later becomes a martyr for the victims and is rewarded with a seven-minute standing ovation at Cannes, the film has since screened at the Critics’ Week. The movie has won many awards, including the best actor prize. The film also received a great critical reception, which paved the way for a career defining role for newcomer Kim Si-eun, and South Korean film icon Bae Doona.
Voice of Silence and BRAIN FREEZE were the other two films selected to compete for the audience award. Both of these films won the jury award for best film and best actor, respectively. The latter film also won the audience award for best international feature. Other winners of the festival’s Jury Awards include James Gunn’s THE SUICIDE SQUAD, Igor Legarreta’s All the Moons, and Mark O’Brien’s The Righteous.