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(LEAD) 'Parasite' wins two titles at British Academy awards

All News 09:34 February 03, 2020

(ATTN: ADDS Bong's comments in paras 6-7; CORRECTS number in 2nd para)

SEOUL, Feb. 3 (Yonhap) -- Bong Joon-ho's black comedy "Parasite" won two titles, including best foreign language film, at this year's British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) awards.

At the ceremony of the BAFTA Film Awards held at London's Royal Albert Hall on Sunday (British time), the awards of best original screenplay and best film not in the English language were given to "Parasite," which was nominated in four categories, including best film and best director.

It is the second time that a South Korean-made movie won an award at the BAFTAs following Park Chan-wook's "The Handmaiden," which won the best film not in the English language in 2018.

In the best original screenplay section, "Parasite," co-written by Bong and Han Jin-won, beat Rian Johnson of "Knives Out," Noah Baumbach of "Marriage Story" and Quentin Tarantino of "Once Upon a Time in Hollywood."

The Korean film also overshadowed four other candidates for the best non-English language film honor -- "The Farewell" by Lulu Wang, "Pain and Glory" by Pedro Almodovar, "Portrait of a Lady on Fire" by Celine Sciamma and "For Sama" by Waad Al-Kateab.

"I didn't expect this award at all, because this script was written in a foreign language," the South Korea auteur said through an interpreter after accepting his screenplay award.

"I once again would like (to) thank my amazing actors who actualized the dialogue and scenes that I wrote. I really believe that their body language and expressions are truly the universal language," he said. "Thank you to BAFTA for showing so much love to this film."

Meanwhile, the war drama "1917" directed by Sam Mendes picked up seven awards, including best picture and best director at the BAFTA Awards.

Joaquin Phoenix was voted best actor for his performance in "Joker," while Renee Zellweger won best actress for "Judy."

"Parasite," Bong's seventh feature film, depicts class inequality. It has been collecting prestigious accolades since it clinched the Palme d'Or at last year's Cannes Film Festival.

It won the best foreign language film honor at the Golden Globes Awards in January, following a series of trophies bestowed by U.S. film critics associations.

The film is nominated in six categories, including best picture and best director, at the Oscars slated for this coming Sunday.

This photo from the Associated Press shows South Korean director Bong Joon-ho posing after winning best original screenplay and best film not in the English language at the BAFTA Film Awards in London on Feb. 2, 2020. (Yonhap)


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