Why Korean Films Are a Fixture at Cannes but Never Win the Palme d’Or1 min readReading Time: < 1 minute
With three films in Official Selection at Cannes, South Korea will be one of the nations most present on the Croisette this year. That’s three more than supposed film powerhouses China or India. That should come as little surprise to observers of the Korean film scene ““ even though no Korean picture has yet won the Palme d’Or.
“The overall level of production values and filmmaking know-how is extremely high in Korea, and that may help to push some films into competition,” says Darcy Paquet, a former Variety correspondent who now lectures on film and curates the Wildflower Film Awards.
“Korean filmmakers are trying to appeal simultaneously to a very robust local market and also the international festival circuit and art house market, which may handicap them somewhat when it comes to actually winning the Palme d’Or. It will happen someday, but the local market is both a help and a hindrance in this regard.”
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