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YouTube film fest to stream discussion with 'Parasite' actor, director

Movies 16:03 May 27, 2020

SEOUL, May 27 (Yonhap) -- A conversation among Song Kang-ho, the star of Oscar-winning South Korean film "Parasite," and the film's writer-director, Bong Joon-ho, will be streamed during an upcoming online global film festival organized by YouTube, according to the organizer's website Wednesday.

We Are One: A Global Film Festival, a 10-day free online film festival on YouTube, will stream on June 8 (U.S. time) an 82-minute recording of a conversation between Song and Bong at the 2019 Locarno International Film Festival in Switzerland on "Parasite," according to the festival's website.

The online event, co-organized by global media company Tribeca Enterprises, was conceived from the idea that the international film community can come together and celebrate the art of cinema even in a time of the COVID-19 pandemic and social distancing. The festival kicks off Friday.

Last year, Song was awarded the Excellence Award at the 2019 Locarno for "Parasite," becoming the first Asian actor to earn the Swiss film fest's special award that goes to actors or actresses whose work and have contributed to enriching the cinema industry.

Making his cinema debut with "The Day a Pig Fell into the Well" in 1996, the 52-year-old Song rose to international stardom with a series of critically acclaimed works and box-office hits, including "Joint Security Area" (2000), "Memories of Murder" (2003), "The Host" (2006) and "Snowpiercer" (2013).

"Parasite," a satirical thriller on the theme of wealth inequality, won four Oscars, including best picture, at this year's Academy Awards. It has collected over 50 awards from global film festivals.

In this file photo, Song Kang-ho (L), who stars in the Oscar-winning Korean film "Parasite," speaks during a press conference at a Seoul hotel on Feb. 19, 2020. Seated next to him is writer-director Bong Joon-ho. (Yonhap)

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