Best Motion Picture – Foreign Language

  • Best Motion Picture – Foreign Language

    BEST MOTION PICTURE, FOREIGN LANGUAGE

    Award 6

     

    Best Foreign Language Film

     

    “Parasite”

    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.

    (Applause.)

    Just being nominated along with fellow amazing international filmmakers was a huge honor.

    (In English.)

    I think we use only just one language, the cinema.  Thank you.

    –BACKSTAGE INTERVIEW–

    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.

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