Two Korean Films Invited to Compete at Cannes Film Festival
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"Okja", which was produced with funding from U.S. video-streaming provider Netflix, has been the subject of much pre-release buzz due to its cast, which includes Hollywood stars Tilda Swinton and Jake Gyllenhaal. The much-hyped film tells the story of a young girl who sets out to rescue her best friend Okja -- a massive, genetically modified pig.
"Okja" is Bong's fourth film to be shown at Cannes, but his first to compete for an award.
It will also be interesting to see whether Hong's "The Day After - 2017", which stars his lover Kim Min-hee, can repeat the success of the director's "On the Beach at Night Alone", for which Kim won the Silver Bear for best actress at the Berlin International Film Festival in February. The film's plot hews closely to the couple's real-life May-September romance.