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Gatton Student Center Cinema to Screen Special Edition of Oscar Winner 'Parasite'

LEXINGTON, Ky. (March 2, 2020) — "Parasite," the critically acclaimed Oscar-winning Best Picture of 2020, will be presented at the Worsham Cinema in the Gatton Student Center at 8 p.m. Monday, March 9. This limited-engagement, one-night only screening will feature director Bong Joon-Ho’s interpretation of the film re-imagined in black and white. The Gatton Student Center Cinema is one of a select few theaters nationally chosen to present this special edition.

In a statement released from Joon-Ho through motion picture distributor NEON, the black and white edition fulfills a life-long dream, with inspiration being drawn from the 1922 horror classic "Nosferatu.

“Cinema was black and white in the very beginning. There was a time when films were only in black and white, and even throughout the '40s and '60s when color films came into the picture, there were numerous films still in black and white. Black and white is the origin of cinema. Although I became a filmmaker in the 2000s, I idealize the beautiful black and white films by Renoir, Fellini, Kurosawa, John Ford, and the beautiful cinematography of Gregg Toland," Joon-Ho said. "Thankfully, it doesn’t require a huge budget to do so in this digital age, so the cinematographer re-filtered the entire film into black and white, meticulously adjusting the contrast and density for every shot with my help.”

The screening is a collaboration between UK's Martin Luther King Center, the University of Kentucky International Village Living Learning Program and Gatton Student Center Cinema. 

“It is an incredible honor to be selected to screen this film,” said interim Student Center Executive Director Jim Wims. “Our students work tirelessly to provide our campus with the best in cinema, and this is another example of their commitment to making the Gatton Student Center a world-class facility.”

Admission is free of charge to UK students, staff, faculty and their guests. For more information, please contact the Gatton Student Center Cinema at 859-257-5781.


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