[HanCinema's News] South Korean Films Return to Cannes Film Festival
By William Schwartz | Published on
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, travel for international film festivals such as the Cannes Film Festival in France has been limited. Now, for the first time in three years, the Cannes Film Festival has an official international procession, and South Korean filmmakers are among them. "Hunt" is the directorial debut of Lee Jung-jae, and that actor alongside Jung Woo-sung have been persons of interest as foreign press has documented their appearance for the festival.
"Hunt" has been a part of the Midnight Screening at the Cannes Film Festival, not appearing in competition. The spy action film has drawn attention for a large number of unexpected cameo appearances which have been confirmed by those who have seen the film. Among these are Hwang Jung-min, Ju Ji-hoon, Kim Nam-gil, Yoo Jae-myung, Jung Man-sik, Park Sung-woong, Lee Sung-min, and Jo Woo-jin.
"Broker" and "Decision to Leave" are appearing in competition, while "Next Sohee" has been selected as the first Korean film ever to close out the Cannes Film Festival's Critic Week. All of these films have been highlighted in various official publications for the Cannes Film Festival as well as in banners and official Korean Film Council events. The Cannes Film Festival began on May 17th and will continue until May 28th.
Written by William Schwartz
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Staff writer. Has been writing articles for HanCinema since 2012, having lived in South Korea since 2011. Started out in Gyeongju, then to Daegu, then to Ansan, then to Yeongju, then to Seoul, lived on the road for HanCinema's travel diaries series in the summer of 2016, and is currently settled in Anyang. Has good tips for utilizing South Korea's public bus system. William Schwartz can be contacted via firstname.lastname@example.org. He also has a substack at williamschwartz.substack.com where he discusses the South Korean film industry in broader terms and takes suggestions for future movies to review.