"Parasite" & "Jose" at Stonzek Theatre

Saturday, February 15, 2020

PARASITE movie poster JOSE movie poster

dir. Joo-ho Bong, Thriller / Drama / Comedy, Not Rated, Korea, Korean with English titles, 2019, 132 min.A

Winner of the Palme d’Or at 2019 Cannes Film Festival
Winner of four Oscars, Best Picture, Best Director, Best Orginal Screenplay, and Best Foriegn Language Film

Meet the Park Family: the picture of aspirational wealth. And the Kim Family, rich in street smarts but not much else. Be it chance or fate, these two houses are brought together and the Kims sense a golden opportunity. Masterminded by college-aged Ki-woo, the Kim children expediently install themselves as tutor and art therapist, to the Parks. Soon, a symbiotic relationship forms between the two families. The Kims provide “indispensable” luxury services while the Parks obliviously bankroll their entire household. When a parasitic interloper threatens the Kims’ newfound comfort, a savage, underhanded battle for dominance breaks out, threatening to destroy the fragile ecosystem between the Kims and the Parks.


Li Cheng, director, producer and writer will be at the Stonzek Studio at 4 pm Sat. Feb 15 to introduce and discuss his award winning movie ‘Jose’. ‘Jose’ won the Queer Lion award at the 75th( 2018) Venice Film Festival.

dir. Li Cheng, Drama, Not Rated, USA / Guatemala, Spanish with English titles, 2020, 85 min.

Jose (19 years old) lives with his Mother (50s) in Guatemala City – a typical lower-class existence in one of the world’s most dangerous, religious, impoverished and socially conservative countries. She never had a husband, and Jose is her youngest and favorite child of five. Her life is her church and selling sandwiches at a bus stop. Jose spends his days on cramped buses and fighting traffic as he runs food to waiting drivers. Aloof and resigned to things as they are, he fills his free moments playing with his phone and random sex arranged on street corners and dating apps. When he meets Luis, a migrant from the rural Caribbean coast, they pursue an unexpected and forbidden relationship and Jose is thrust into passion and pain and self-reflection that was previously unimaginable.

Stonzek Theatre
709 Lake Ave.

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