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Bong Joon-ho's 'Parasite' pulled from China's first film festival


Press Trust of India Los Angeles
South Korean director Bong Joon Ho's Palme d'Or-winning film "Parasite" was dropped from China's first film festival due to "technical reasons".
The screening of the critically-acclaimed movie was cancelled on Sunday as the closing film of the 10-day festival in Xining, Qinghai province, reported Variety.
The festival seeks to support new talent by focusing on Chinese directors' first and second films.
"Parasite" is an audaciously original take on the sharp rich-poor divide and its shocking repercussions in the city of Seoul. Joon-Ho is the second Asian director in succession to win the Palme d'Or, after Japan's Hirokazu Kore-eda, who won last year for the film "Shoplifters".
The organisers of the festival released a statement on their official social media account the night before, which read: "The closing screening of 'Parasite' originally scheduled for July 28 has been canceled for technical reasons."

They offered "sincere apologies for the inconvenience" without providing further details.
The film is the fifth festival title to run into trouble with Chinese censors this year.
The diplomatic ties between South Korea and China, a key ally of North Korea, strained in recent years. The tense relationship also witnessed a de facto ban on the import of Korean film and TV shows in China.

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First Published: Jul 29 2019 | 7:00 PM IST

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