|A scene from "Jojo Rabbit," which will officially hit local theaters on Feb. 5 / Courtesy of Walt Disney Company Korea|
By Kwak Yeon-soo
|Poster for CGV Arthouse's special screening event, which will be held from Jan. 23 to Feb. 12. / Courtesy of CGV|
CGV, the country's largest multiplex operator, will kick off an event featuring Oscar-nominated films from Jan. 23 to Feb. 12 at CGV Arthouse branches, which focus on arthouse and indie films.
Sixteen films nominated for the awards will be screened in 18 theaters nationwide.
Some of the films will be screened here for the first time, including Sam Mendes' "1917," which was nominated for 10 Oscars in total, including Best Cinematography and Best Picture, and "Judy," in which Renee Zellweger portrays iconic singer and actress Judy Garland.
The film was nominated for Best Actress in a Leading Role and Best Makeup and Hairstyling.
Greta Gerwig's star-studded "Little Women;" a child's imaginative take on Nazi Germany "Jojo Rabbit;" Spanish drama film "Pain and Glory;" and Polish film "Corpus Christi" will also be screened for the first time here.
CGV said the event will allow movie enthusiasts to watch the acclaimed movies during the Lunar New Year holidays and predict winners for the Oscars 2020.
"During the special event, moviegoers can watch five already released films ― Parasite, Joker, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, Knives Out and Ford v Ferrari ― at a discounted price of 7,000 won," a CGV official said.
Tickets will be available on CGV's official website and mobile application.
Another arthouse movie theater, Cinecube in Seoul, will run a special screening of 13 Oscar-nominated films during the same period.
"Parasite" will vie for the top award at the Oscars, making it the first Korean film and one of few foreign language films ever to be nominated in the Best Picture category. It earned five other nominations, including Best Directing, Best Original Screenplay, Best International Feature Film, Production Design and Film Editing.