In an alternate 2020, they are announcing the recipient of the 2020 Palme d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival right now. Maybe it’s Thomas Vinterberg accepting the prize. Maybe it’s Wes Anderson. Maybe it’s Chloe Zhou.
One year ago it was Bong Joon-ho, the iconoclastic filmmaker behind Parasite, the movie that could and did steamroll world cinema. Some words from Boulder Weekly:
Parasite, a black and bleak comedy about the haves, the have-nots and the have-lesses, will go down in cinematic history for a variety of reasons, in addition to being a damn good film, but no award is without context. Parasite’s critical and box office success is both a tip of the hat to the film itself, and to the industry from which it came. And some of the best movies from the 21st century have come from South Korea.
Parasite is streaming on Hulu. We may not have Cannes this year, but we’ll always have the movies.