Bong Joon Ho's

Bong Joon Ho’s film “Parasite” has won the highest accolade at the Sydney Film Festival.

On June 16 (local time), the Sydney Film Festival announced through their official social media accounts that “Parasite” was the winner of the Sydney Film Prize. The panel described the film as, “‘Parasite’ has an outrageous disregard for genre conventions. It’s tender and brutal, beautiful and harsh, funny and tragic, and a masterwork in its exploration of class.”

The Sydney Film Festival is the biggest film festival in Australia that opens every year since 1954. Bong Joon Ho flew to Sydney to attend the closing ceremony and accept the award on behalf of the cast and crew of the film, along with the 60,000 Australian dollar prize (approximately $41,300). He is the first Korean filmmaker in the film festival’s history to win the award.

In May, “Parasite” became the first Korean film to win a Palme D’Or at the Cannes Film Festival and it has now won the highest accolade at the Sydney Film Festival as well. The film opened in Korea on May 30 and has attracted over 8.3 million moviegoers, and the film is set to premiere in Australia on June 27.

Congratulations to Bong Joon Ho and the cast and crew of “Parasite” on the amazing achievement!

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