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'Thirst' to Premiere at Montreal's Fantasia

2009/07/06 | Permalink | Source

Park Chan-wook's acclaimed vampire-thriller "Thirst" will have its North American premiere screening at the 13th Fantasia Film Festival, running July 9 27 in Montreal, Canada. The fest will screen over 100 feature films mainly from Asia, the United States and Europe.

"Thirst" became a Korean-American co-production when Universal Pictures boarded the project while in production. It is to be released in the United States in New York, Los Angeles and San Francisco on July 31, with a release in Canada through Alliance-Vivafilm also planned.

It is PARK's second film to win a Cannes competition prize, taking the Jury Prize at this year's festival, following a Grand Prize win in 2004 for the director's international breakthrough, "Old Boy".

The Fantasia Festival audience originally discovered Park Chan-wook in 2001 with his first Korean hit, "JSA - Joint Security Area" followed by "Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance" in 2003, the first film of his Vengeance trilogy.

Nigel D'Sa (KOFIC)

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