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'New Normal' invited to three overseas film festivals

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Scenes from the film,
Scenes from the film, "New Normal" / Courtesy of the Bucheon International Fantastic Film Festival

By Kwak Yeon-soo

Director Jung Bum-shik's new film, "New Normal," has been invited to three film festivals: the BFI London International Film Festival, the Warsaw International Film Festival and the Leeds International Film Festival. Jung is best known for his 2018 horror thriller, "Gonjiam: Haunted Asylum."

Suspense thriller "New Normal," the closing film of the 26th Bucheon International Fantastic Film Festival, follows six people whom each bear their loneliness and exhaustion in strange tales of everyday horror during the social media-obsessed pandemic era. The film stars Choi Ji-woo, Lee Yoo-mi, Choi Min-ho, Jung Dong-won, Pyo Ji-hoon and Ha Da-in.

At the 66th BFI London International Film Festival, which will take place Oct. 5-16, Jung's film will be screened in the "Cult" section. Director Park Chan-wook's "Decision to Leave" has been invited and will be screened in the "Headline Gala" section.

The 38th Warsaw International Film Festival will be held from Oct. 14 to 23 this year. "New Normal" will vie against 14 selected films, including "What Remains" by Ran Huang and "And the Sun Rises" by Dito Tsintsadze, in the International Competition section.

The festival's director, Stefan Laudyn, said of the film, "The film is so well made! I love it! Very early in the film, it became irrelevant if it is a drama, a horror, a comedy, a whatever. I got completely captured by the story, by the characters."

The 36th Leeds Film Festival is scheduled for Nov. 3-17. The festival's director, Chris Fell, described "New Normal" as "a very inventive and compelling film, with a very well-crafted story that continues to surprise and grip through to the end."

Kwak Yeon-soo

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