Once upon a time... Parasite
In the slums of a large South Korean city, a poor and jobless family, the Kim family, hatches a plan to work for a very wealthy family, the Park family. A brilliant and cruel scam that the Kim family believes it has succeeded, until the unexpected return of a former maid abruptly puts an end to her dreams …
This documentary, which is the 49th in the collection “A film and its era”, traces the genesis, the making and the reception of “Parasite”, Palme d’or of the Cannes Film Festival in 2019, by Bong Joon-ho. It will show how this moral fable is a growing reflection of the injustices that reign in South Korean society today, but also a charge against the deep social inequalities generated by the capitalist system. This documentary will explain how the filmmaker uses all the springs of genre film (thriller, fantasy, burlesque comedy) and comics (of which he is a great reader) in the service of a social criticism that is as fierce as it is virtuoso.
In addition to interviews with Bong Joon-ho and the main protagonists of “Parasite”, the documentary will feature clips from the film, archive footage, documents, stills from the filming of the film and storyboard plates drawn by the filmmaker himself.