South Korean director Bong Joon-ho, straight from his Palme d’Or-winning accomplishment in Cannes with Parasite, will be respected at one month from now’s Munich Film Festival with a career retrospective.
The Munich Film festival announced Monday that a series of Bong Joon-ho’s works would be screened for the current year, from the 2003 crime dramatization Memories of Murder and 2006 international leap forward The Host to English-language highlights Snowpiercer and Okja.
The Munich retrospective will take a gander at the breath of Bong Joon-ho’s career, which has extended from the noir dramatization Memories of Murder, to the monster movie action of The Host to the mystery drama of 2009’s Cannes entry Mother and the comedy fantasy of Tokyo! (2008), a cinematic triptych which saw Bong Joon-ho contribute a portion close by French directors Leos Carax (Holy Motors) and Michel Gondry (Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind).
Parasite, which denotes Bong Joon-ho’s first Korean feature in 10 years, and which turned into the first-ever Korean film to win Cannes’ Palme d’Or for best film, will screen in competition in Munich Film Festival this year.
Munich will likewise respect Danish documentary producer Mads Brugger with a retrospective. The director and satiric journalist first pulled in attention with his 2009 doc The Red Chapel, which won the Grand Jury Prize in the World Cinema – Documentary section in Sundance. In the film, Brugger and two Danish comedians profess to be a vaudeville act so as to gain access to enter and go through North Korea.
Most recently, in Cold Case Hammarskjold, Brugger took on one of the incredible unsolved homicides in ongoing European history: the murdering, in 1961, of UN General Secretary Dag Hammarskjold. The film, which debuted in Sundance this year, is the result of six years of investigation into the crime and the conspiracy theories it inspired.
A portion of Brugger’s different documentaries incorporate 2011’s The Ambassador, where the director goes covert as a Liberian ambassador to reveal the blood diamond trade in Africa; and 2018’s The Saint Bernard Syndicate, a gander at two Danish entrepreneurs who launch an organization to sell Saint Bernard dogs to China’s growing middle class.
The 37th Munich International Film Festival runs June 27 to July 6.