Judging by the taste of A-list film festivals juries, Asian cinema is taking the lead on the world scale. Last year at Cannes, two of the most lauded films were Palme d’Or winner “Shoplifters
” by Hirokazu Koreeda
” by Lee Chang-dong. Interestingly, both were examining class conflict in a divided society with deep rifts between the haves and have-nots. There are obvious parallels to be drawn between this year’s Palme laureate, Bong Joon-ho’s “Parasite
” and both of the aforementioned films so we could debate on a trend of sorts, where the approach of art-house drama or more genre-oriented is just a matter of taste. We were lucky enough to finally catch the “Parasite
” at Sarajevo’s impressive and impressively full open-air stage.
Like in “Shoplifters
,” here we also have a family (only this time biological) of four living on the fringes of society in a basement