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Aug 12, 2020
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Korean Thriller Earns Special Mention from Udine

The Korean thriller BEASTS CLAWING AT STRAWS was severely affected by the COVID-19 Pandemic, which hit Korea just has it went on release, but its luck has turned around after achieving an impressive box office performance in France, as well as receiving a festival accolade in Italy earlier this summer.

In France, BEASTS CLAWING AT STRAWS opened on July 8 and finished its first weekend at number six on the charts. After three weekends in the top ten, the film has earned USD 563,000 at the French box office. By comparison, the film had a disappointing result in its home market, where it sold just 627,000 tickets (USD 4.56 million), a number that likely would have been higher had its release not fallen around the time of the initial COVID-19 spike that occurred in the wake of ‘Patient 31’.

The highest grossing Korean film in France remains PARASITE, which grossed USD 15.36 million there last year after becoming the first Korean film to ever pick up the Palme d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival.

The debut of director KIM Yong-hunBEASTS CLAWING AT STRAWS stars JUNG Woo-sung, JEON Do-yeon, BAE Sung-woo and YOUN Yuh-jung in a bloody tale of different characters trying to get their hands on a bag full of money. 

In June, the film screened at the Far East Film Festival (FEFF) in Udine, Italy, where it earned a Special Mention from the competition jury. The film originally premiered at the International Film Festival Rotterdam earlier this year, where it received a Special Jury Award in the Tiger Competition.
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