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'Parasite' marks a breakthrough for South Korean cinema

Film's unprecedented international success raises hopes of Oscars triumph

South Korean director Bong Joon-ho poses with the Palme d'Or award received for his film "Parasite" at the Cannes Film Festival in May 2019.   © Getty Images

SEOUL -- Bong Joon-ho's highly acclaimed dark comedy "Parasite" has achieved unprecedented international success since its premiere at the Cannes Film Festival last May, where it became the first Korean-language film to win the coveted Palme d'Or prize.

On Feb. 2, "Parasite" picked up two major awards at the British Academy of Film and Television Arts awards in London. Fans are hoping it will have another big night at the Oscars in Los Angeles this Sunday.

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