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‘Parasite’ gets global release dates

June 05,2019
After taking home the Palme d’Or, the Cannes Film Festival’s top prize, “Parasite” will make its way to theaters around the world throughout the year, film distribution company CJ ENM announced on Tuesday.

According to the company, the film is slated to premiere in France today, and will be released in Hong Kong, Singapore, Vietnam, Australia, New Zealand and Taiwan this month.

In July, moviegoers in Russia and Thailand will have a chance to see the film and it will be screened in the Czech Republic and Poland in September.

The film is scheduled to hit the North American box office on Oct. 11. A number of U.S. media outlets, including The New York Times, have predicted that there is a possibility that the film will be nominated for an Academy Award. If so, it would be a first for a Korean film.

“Parasite” has already set a record by selling its distribution rights to 192 countries, and there are already talks about local remakes.

“Presales of the film’s distribution rights have been so successful that it will be like the film is taking a trip around the world,” said a representative from the distribution company. “It’s a great opportunity to show the world the charms of local film and enhance our status [amongst international film industries].”

In celebration of the film’s success, local movie theater chain Megabox announced that it began screening the film with English subtitles once a day at three Seoul locations - Coex, Sinchon, and Songdo - from Monday. More information about the screening of the film with subtitles can be found on the company’s website.

By Lee Jae-lim