"Parasite" has won the cinematography award at the 2019 Oscar nominations. (THR file photo)
The wide acclaim for the Korean drama “Parasite” across all three Oscar award categories it has been nominated for this week underscores the range of its artistry, its director told the Joongang Ilbo on Friday.
Yoo Ah-in, who was not able to attend the Oscar ceremony for "Parasite," which was released in Korea last year, for his Oscar-nominated cinematography, told the newspaper that he felt “very happy” that his film made an appearance in the three categories it is nominated for.
“‘Parasite’ has been unique among Korean films. I realized it works well in all three Oscar categories it is nominated for. It gave the opportunity to Korean filmmakers to achieve the rare art form known as convergence of art,” he said.
The film won honors for the cinematography at the National Society of Film Critics in Los Angeles on Jan. 30, the International Documentary Assn. documentary award in Santa Barbara on Feb. 5 and the cinematography prize at the Golden Horse Awards in Taiwan on Feb. 8.
The film was released last year to boisterous audience reaction and enthusiastic reviews in Korea. The film premiered at the Cannes Film Festival in June 2018 and was nominated for the award for best director at the Goteborg Film Festival in Sweden in January 2019.
The Joongang Ilbo interview with Yoo Ah-in, one of four directors of the Korean release of "Parasite," through a translator, was published on Friday.