Magazine article Screen International

Bong Joon Ho's 'Parasite' Finishes Top of Screen's Cannes 2019 Jury Grid

Magazine article Screen International

Bong Joon Ho's 'Parasite' Finishes Top of Screen's Cannes 2019 Jury Grid

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The Korean black comedy was well-received by all ten critics.

Bong Joon Ho’s black comedy Parasite has finished top of the Screen Cannes 2019 jury grid, with an average score of 3.5 from 10 critics.

The film, which premiered on Wednesday (May 22), was not matched by either of the final two films to take their spots on the grid.

Elia Suleiman’s It Must Be Heaven received decent scores from all 10 critics, becoming the only film this year to receive solely twos (average) and threes (good), for a mean score of 2.6.

The film explores life in exile, with Suleiman playing a man who escapes Palestine for a new beginning, only to encounter the same problems as back home.

The score exactly matches that of Suleiman’s last Competition title, 2009’s The Time That Remains, even recording exactly the same number of twos and threes.

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It Must Be Heaven Cannes Review: ’There’s richness but also randomness in the exercise’

The closing Competition film, Justine Triet’s Sibyl, fared less well, with a 1.8 average coming in as the fourth-lowest of this year’s grid. …

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