Director Im Sang Soo’s film Heaven: To the Land of Happiness (working title), starring Park Hae Il and Choi Min Sik, was officially invited to the 73rd Cannes International Film Festival.
At 1:00 a.m. on June 4, the 73rd Cannes International Film Festival announced that they have selected Heaven: To the Land of Happiness as the “Cannes Official Selection 2020.”
The Cannes International Film Festival drew much attention from Korea last year when director Bong Joon Ho’s Parasite won the Palme d’Or. This year, only 56 films from around the world were selected as “Official Selection” instead of an official event as the festival became impossible due to the spread of COVID-19. Of them, director Im Sang Soo’s Heaven: To the Land of Happiness was the 9th to be announced.
An official from the Cannes said, ““It s full of melancholia and sadness, with some great shots that give the film sometimes another dimension. As always, the self mockery is working good.”
With the invitation, Heaven: To the Land of Happiness became director Im Sang Soo’s fourth film to be invited to the Cannes, following The President’s Last Bang (2005), The Housemaid (2010), and The Taste Of Money (2012).
Choi Min Sik, who played the role of “prison number 203” who travels for the last happiness, also received his fourth invitation to the festival, following Strokes of Fire (2002), Old Boy (2004), and Crying Fist (2005).
Park Hae Il, who played Nam Sik, who somehow joins the special trip of “203,” also got invited to the Cannes before with The Host (2006).
Heaven: To the Land of Happiness depicts what happened when two men accidentally meet and go on a special trip to find their last happiness.
The movie is scheduled to be released in the second half of the year.