Director Bong Joon-ho attended the opening ceremony of the 74th Cannes International Film Festival and emphasized, “The film has never stopped.”
At the opening ceremony of the Cannes Film Festival held in Cannes, France on the 6th (local time), director Bong announced the opening ceremony with director Spike Lee, honorary Palme d’Or winner actor Jodie Foster, and presenter director Pedro Almodovar. He said, “I don’t think film has ever stopped on the planet for hundreds of years since the train ran in the Lumière brothers’ film.”
He continued, “I was writing a screenplay at home, and I was contacted by the executive director Thierry Fremo. added. He also emphasized, “I don’t feel like the film festival is cut off when I see all of you gathered.”
Last year, the Cannes Film Festival was not held like usual due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Director Bong won the Palme d’Or at the 2019 Cannes Film Festival for the first time in a Korean film for ‘Parasite’.
On the stage of the opening ceremony that day, actor Song Kang-ho, another main character of ‘Parasite’, who was selected as a judge in the competition section, also attended. After sitting with fellow judges, Song Kang-ho greeted Bong with applause when Bong appeared.
When asked how he was doing on the red carpet before the opening ceremony, Bong replied, “I’m so happy, but I’m so busy, I don’t know how the time passed.” He said, “I came here with a much more relaxed mind.” When asked if it was difficult to focus on a new task, he said, “I wrote a screenplay every day even while receiving an award. Because that’s work,” he said, adding, “I came here yesterday after writing a screenplay.”
This year’s Cannes Film Festival runs until the 17th. To prevent the spread of COVID-19, unvaccinated attendees will be screened every 48 hours.
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