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BSS 2013: stokes line-up with Park Chan-wook

The Big Screen Symposium has announced Korean director and two-time Cannes winner Park Chan-wook as the first international speaker confirmed for its August outing.

Park will deliver a directors’ workshop and an In Conversation session at this year’s Symposium.

His first English-language film, Stoker, premiered at Sundance earlier this year and opens here the week after the Symposium, although BSS attendees get the chance for a sneak peek, courtesy of a special screening at the Academy Cinemas the evening before BSS kicks off.

Stoker trailer (US)

Park’s best known feature is Oldboy, the closing scenes of which were shot in New Zealand. The title is second in his revenge trilogy, which began with Sympathy for Mr Vengeance and concluded with Sympathy for Lady Vengeance.

Park collected the Grand Prix at Cannes for Oldboy, along with a host of awards from international festivals in Asia. He took a second Jury prize at Cannes five years later for his vampire thriller Thirst.

Oldboy trailer (US)

Two English-language remakes are in the works in the US. Spike Lee’s Oldboy has a provisional NZ release date of 17 October. Sympathy for Lady Vengeance has been announced, with Transformers’ Lorenzo di Bonaventura as producer.

BSS tickets are now on sale here. Earlybird pricing ends 1 July.

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