Cannes’ Top Film to be Released During Oscar Season

Kang-ho Song, Hyae Jin Chang, Woo-sik Choi, and So-dam Park in "Parasite"

Couldn’t make it to the Cannes Film Festival this year?

No problem. The top-honored film is coming to you.

The thriller Parasite proved to be the star of the festival (sorry, Quentin Tarantino), claiming the main prize at the prestigious event — the coveted Palme d’Or.

Bong Joon-ho’s film has been regarded as one of the best of the year, with a synopsis that reads:

“Meet the Park Family: the picture of aspirational wealth. And the Kim Family, rich in street smarts but not much else. Be it chance or fate, these two houses are brought together and the Kims’ sense a golden opportunity. Masterminded by college-aged Ki-woo, the Kim children expediently install themselves as tutor and art therapist to the Parks. Soon, a symbiotic relationship forms between the two families. But this new ecosystem is fragile, and soon enough greed and class prejudice threaten to upend the Kims’ newfound comfort.”

Becoming the very first Korean movie to receive the Palme d’Or, it is expected to be a shoe-in as South Korea’s submission for Beat Foreign Language film at next year’s Academy Awards.

But the film will also be coming to western cinemas.

Indie and foreign film distributor Neon bought US rights to the movie prior to its showing at Cannes, and now plans to release Parasite in theaters on October 11th at the height of Oscar season.