Parasite in BLACK & WHITE!
Opens Feb 28, 2020
We're excited to present this year's Academy Award for Best Picture, Best Directing, and Best Foreign Feature in black and white. Showtimes will be announced Monday, February 24 by 5pm.
From director Bong Joon Ho: “Cinema was black and white in the very beginning. There was a time when films were only in black and white, and even throughout the 40s and 60s when color films came into the picture, there were numerous films still in black and white. Black and white is the origin of cinema. Although I became a filmmaker in the 2000s, I idealize the beautiful black and white films by Renoir, Fellini, Kurosawa, John Ford, and the beautiful cinematography of Gregg Toland. I always had this desire to create a black and white film which was shared by my cinematographer Hong Kyung Pyo… I’m extremely happy to present PARASITE in black and white and have it play on the big screen. It will be fascinating to see how the viewing experience changes when an identical film is presented in black and white. I watched the black and white version twice now, and at times the film felt more like a fable and gave me the strange sense that I was watching a story from old times. The second time I watched it, the film felt more realistic and sharp as if I was being cut by a blade. It also further highlighted the actors’ performances and seemed to revolve more around the characters. I had many fleeting impressions of this new version, but I do not wish to define them before it is presented. I hope everyone in the audience can compare their own experiences from the color version and find their own path to PARASITE in black and white.”
Bong Joon Ho's return to South Korea is a truly pitch-black modern fairytale of class conflict. Parasite is a story of two families: one, the Parks, the picture of aspirational wealth; and the other, the Kims, may be rich in street smarts but little else. Through chance or fate, these two houses are brought together and one senses a golden opportunity. Masterminded by college-aged Ki-woo, the Kim children expediently install themselves as tutor and art therapist to the Parks. Soon, a symbiotic relationship forms between the two families. The Kims provide "indispensable" luxury services while the Parks give the Kims a way out of their shabby circumstances. But this new ecosystem is fragile, and soon enough greed and class prejudice threaten to upend the Kims' newfound comfort. An urgent and chilling treatise on exploitation, this Hitchcock-ian achievement is also exceptional entertainment.
"Parasite isn't really a monster movie. Yet on at least one of its nearly infinite levels it is — and the monsters are us." (Ty Burr Boston Globe)
"You'll watch knowing you're in the hands of a master filmmaker…" (Moira MacDonald, Seattle Times)
"One of the best movies of 2019, Bong Joon Ho's latest is a film of dramatic power, innovative comedy, romantic poetry and melancholy beauty." (Richard Roeper, Chicago Sun-Times)