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HÕFF makes a tribute to “Parasite” director

As a response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the 15th HÕFF will take place online. The festival has subsequently had to make changes to the film programme. The list of announced films is available here.
The full programme will be announced on April 30, 2020.

As a way of showing appreciation to now four-time Oscar winning film “Parasite” director Bong Joon Ho, Haapsalu Horror and Fantasy Film Festival will be screening his earlier monster film “The Host” (“Gwoemul”, 2006).

Quentin Tarantino, who Bong Joon Ho thanked in his speech during the Oscars, says that “The Host” is one of his personal favorites.

After it’s initial release in South Korea, it gained 13 million viewers and is still one of the countries most popular films.

“It’s “Parasite” as a horror-comedy,” says HÕFF head of programming Helmut Jänes. He claims that it marks the beginning of Bong Joon Ho’s international career and shows how well the director can blend together different film genres.

“Equally tragic, frightening and absurdly funny”, writes Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival, where the film premiered 13 years ago in Estonia for the first and presumably last time.

Poisonous chemicals get dumped into the sewers of Seoul in the film, after which a giant monster starts attacking the people living near Han river. The creature kidnaps a small vendor’s daughter and disappears with her. Since the authorities don’t believe the main characters and think it’s just a sick fantasy brought on by a virus outbreak, the family of this story has no choice but to take matters into their own hands.

Bong Joon Ho (born 1969) is the first South Korean director to win an Oscar. His other notable works include “Snowpiercer”, “Okja”, “Memories of Murder” and “Barking Dogs Never Bite”.

The 15th Haapsalu Horror and Fantasy Film Festival runs from April 30th until May 3rd. It is the biggest festival of it’s kind here in the Baltics.

Passes available here.

The entire programme will be announced on April 9th.

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