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‘Mother‘ is Korea‘s Oscar entry

MUMBAI: The Korean Film Council (KOFIC) has announced that the country‘s entry to the Oscars best foreign language film category would be Bong Joon-ho‘s mystery thriller Mother.

The film features actress Kim Hye-ja as a mother in a rural village desperately trying to prove the innocence of her mentally-challenged son played by Won Bin when he is accused of murdering a high school girl.


Besides Mother, KOFIC also included Park Chan-wook‘s vampire film Thirst, Yang Ik-june‘s domestic violence drama Breathless and Lee Chung-ryoul‘s cow documentary Old Partner.


KOFIC‘s jury for the final Oscar submission comprised of five members included director Lee Myung-se, Screen International critic Darcy Paquet, and KOFIC commissioner and Jeonju IFFprogrammer Jung Soo-wan.

The jury stated that they selected the film on the criteria of how appropriate it would be for the Oscars‘ foreign film category voters, whose previous choices were deemed "comparatively conservative", the quality of the film, distribution capabilities in the US, and the profile of the director and film.

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