S. Korean films not selected for upcoming Venice Film Fest lineup

연합뉴스 / 2021-07-27 15:06:01
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▲ This photo shows Spanish film director Pedro Almodovar (right) with Spanish actress Penelope Cruz (left), who stars as the leading role of "Madres Paralelas." [AP=Yonhap News Agency] 



ROME, July 27 (Yonhap) -- The lineup for the 78th Venice International Film Festival, which will be held in September, has been unveiled.

The film festival announced a total of 92 works on the official website of La Biennale di Venezia on Wednesday.

A total of 21 films were invited to the competition category "Venezia 78 Competition," which determines the main winner of the Golden Lion award.

The opening film "Madres Paralelas," directed by Spanish film director Pedro Almodovar, "Mona Lisa and the Blood Moon," starring South Korean actress Jeon Jong-seo, and "Spencer," which tells the story of Princess Diana, were named in the competition category.

In addition, the list also included "The Power of the Dog," a new film by screenwriter Jane Campion, who is well-known in Korea for her film "The Piano," and Paolo Sorrentino's "The Hand of God." Sorrentino is also noted for his films "Youth" and "The Great Beauty."

Although the proportion of European films are generally larger, including five Italian films, non-European films from the U.S., Argentina, Mexico, Australia and the Philippines have also been invited as well.

Twenty-one films were selected for the non-competitive category while 41 films were included in the "Orizzonti" category, which shows latest trends in international cinema.

This year, Korean films were not included as the nominees of the film competition. Last year, South Korean film director Park Hoon-jung's "Night in Paradise" was invited to the non-competition category.

The 78th Venice International Film Festival, scheduled to take place from Sept.1-11, will be held at Venice Lido in Italy. Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, the festival is expected to take place under strict quarantine rules as it did last year. Bong Joon-ho, director of Oscar-winning film "Parasite," will join as the main jury of the film festival.



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