Award-Winning Korean Film ‘Parasite’ Pulled From China Festival

South Korean director Bong Joon-ho’s “Parasite,” this year’s Palme d’Or winner, was cancelled from screening Sunday as the closing film for China’s First Film Festival for “technical reasons,” making it the fifth festival film to run into trouble with Chinese censors this year.“Parasite” is a violent, dark comedy about class conflict and greed that tells the story of a destitute family’s growing involvement with a very wealthy one.

The first title from South Korea to ever nab the Cannes Film Festival’s top prize, it had been scheduled as the closing film for the ten-day festival in Xining, Qinghai province, which seeks to support new talent by focusing on Chinese directors’ first and second films.Festival organizers put out a statement on their official social media account the night before stating, “The closing screening of ‘Parasite’ originally scheduled for July 28 has been cancelled for technical reasons.

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