Director Park Hoon Jung’s new film Night in Paradise has been invited to the non-competition section of the 77th Venice International Film Festival.
Night in Paradise is the only Korean feature film to be invited this year and is the first Korean film since director Kim Ji Woon’s The Age of Shadows (2016) to be invited to the Venice Film Festival.
Night in Paradise, starring Uhm Tae Goo and Jeon Yeo Bin, tells the story about a man who has become the target of an organization and a woman standing at the end of her life. Veteran actors Cha Seung Won, Lee Gi Young, and Park Ho San have also appeared in the movie.
Alberto Barbera, executive director of the Venice Film Festival, said, “Night in Paradise is one of the most outstanding gangster films in the Korean film industry in recent years. Director Park Hoon Jung is a writer who deserves full attention for his impressive and masterful directing skills as well as his ability to write a screenplay based on a complex, nonstandardized character.”
Park Hoon Jung, who was invited to the Venice Film Festival for the first time with Night in Paradise, has captivated the audience with solid storytelling, intense development, and new attempts shown in his works, including New World, The Unjust, and The Witch: Part 1. The Subversion.
Night in Paradise will be shown for the first time through the festival’s premiere in September.