Magazine article Screen International

Palme d'Or Winner 'Parasite' to Open 2019 Jerusalem Film Festival

Magazine article Screen International

Palme d'Or Winner 'Parasite' to Open 2019 Jerusalem Film Festival

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Outgoing Israel Film Fund head Katriel Schory to receive honorary award at festival’s opening night.

The 36th Jerusalem Film Festival (JFF, July 25 – August 4, 2019) will open with Bong Joon-ho’s Parasite, which won the Palme d’Or at this year’s Cannes Film Festival.

The film tells the story of a poor family whose members take turns infiltrating a wealthy family’s mansion, a plan that quickly goes awry. After its Cannes triumph, the film has been a box office smash in its native Korea, taking a remarkable $62m to date, plus $4.5m in France.

Neon picked up North America rights and has set an awards corridor release for the title. Nachshon Films and Red Cape are teaming on the Israel release, which is scheduled for August.

Parasite will open this year’s JFF on July 25 at the historic open-air Sultan’s Pool venue. …

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