Best Motion Picture – Foreign Language
BEST MOTION PICTURE, FOREIGN LANGUAGE
Best Foreign Language Film
BONG JOON‑HO: Wow. Amazing. Unbelievable. I’m foreign language filmmaker, so I have a translator here. Please understand.
(Through the translator.)
Once you overcome the 1‑inch‑tall barrier of subtitles, you will be introduced to so many more amazing films.
Just being nominated along with fellow amazing international filmmakers was a huge honor.
I think we use only just one language, the cinema. Thank you.
QUESTION: Congratulations, Director Bong Joon Ho. BONG JOON HO: Thank you. QUESTION: I love your speech. It was like you showed respect to the entire foreign language film. When you started making movies, had you ever imagined the foreign language film award winner? And the second question is: Last year, Korean cinema had the centennial celebration and you made big history, and this year you added one. Do you have any thoughts about Korean cinema new era? BONG JOON HO: (Speaks a different language.) THE INTERPRETER: So last year was the centennial of Korean cinema and we had the Korean festival and now, to mark the one year of Korean cinema, we received the Golden Globe award. I'm very happy to see these achievements year after year. So, earlier, when I was giving this speech, things were so hectic, so I kept it short and mentioned the subtitle part, but it was a great joy working with such an amazing ensemble, with actors Song and Lee, who are here today. And I didn't get the chance to thank all the companies who worked on this film, so I'm very glad for the opportunity to properly thank them here. QUESTION: Congratulations. BONG JOON HO: Thank you. QUESTION: And there certainly was an indication that this film would be internationally accepted and understood and loved, but I'm sure you couldn't have expected the kind of acceptance you've had in America from film critics, from very knowledgeable people and lovers of film. How has it affected you that America has fallen in love with your film? BONG JOON HO: (Speaks a different language.) THE INTERPRETER: So the film was released in the U.S. in October and had great box office results. I was very surprised, but at the same time, I thought it was very inevitable. Because this film is about the rich and poor and essentially about capitalism, and the U.S. is the heart of capitalism. So I thought it was natural to gain such an explosive response. And while Parasite has these political, social messages and themes, the reason why the story felt so familiar to the U.S. audience is, I think, thanks to the incredible charm that these actors have.