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Memories of Murder Gets Limited Release, NEON Buys Night of the Kings

NEON will be releasing Academy Award-winning director Bong Joon Ho’s Memories of Murder. The digitally remastered film will be in theaters nationwide October 19th and October 20th for a two night limited theatrical engagement in partnership with Fathom Events.

The special presentation of the film will include exclusive content plus a post-screening conversation with Bong Joon Ho and celebrated filmmaker Edgar Wright (Baby Driver, Scott Pilgrim vs the World, Hot Fuzz).

Memories of Murder tells the harrowing true story of the hunt for a sadistic serial rapist and murderer terrorizing a small province in 1980s South Korea. Marking the first of many successful collaborations between four-time Oscar winner Bong Joon Ho and leading man Song Kang Ho, the film follows the paths of three increasingly desperate detectives as they attempt to decipher the violent mind of a killer in a futile effort to solve the case.

Now, seventeen years after its initial release, and a year after the real culprit was identified, this cult classic takes its place as a modern masterpiece.

On the release of his 2003 film, Bong Joon Ho remarked: “[This] case is an intertwined web of tragedy and black comedy—the eerie comedy that blooms within the air during the most absurd of times. The film is an uncanny, yet natural, mixture of horror and comedy because we were truly living in such times…

“I once threw my entire body and soul to create this film, and now my eyes are on how this film will plow through the long tunnel of time as it greets a new chapter in the fall of 2020 in the US.”

“We are so proud to be partnering with NEON to bring Academy Award® winner Bong Joon Ho’s thriller Memories of Murder to US audiences for the first time since its original release in 2003,” Fathom Events CEO Ray Nutt said.

“Audiences will enjoy seeing the early work of this critically acclaimed director on the big screen.”

Memories of Murder marks NEON’s second collaboration with Bong Joon Ho, following the 2019 Academy Award Best Picture winner, Parasite, which earned six Academy Award nominations and four wins.

Memories of Murder continues the long standing relationship between Bong and NEON founder/CEO Tom Quinn, becoming the sixth film they’ve released together, following Snowpiercer, The Host, Mother, and Barking Dogs Never Bite.

In related news, NEON has also announced it has acquired US rights to Philippe Lacôte’s sophomore feature, Night of the Kings. The film premiered on September 7th in the Horizons sidebar of the Venice Film Festival and is set to play at both the Toronto International Film Festival and New York Film Festival later this month. His debut feature Run, with Abdoul Karim Konaté and Isaach De Bankole, premiered in Cannes’ Un Certain Regard section in 2014.

Night of the Kings, which has been chosen as the Ivory Coast submission for this year’s Academy Awards, marks Lacôte’s second collaboration with Konaté and stars newcomer Koné Bakary.

Night of the Kings follows a young man on his first night in the infamous Ivorian prison, “La Maca.” Upon arriving, he is christened the “Roman,” or “Storyteller,” and must entertain his audience until morning, risking death should he fail. Under a blood-red moon, he crafts a tale weaving together the country’s mythological past and recent history, while around him, both prison and national politics threaten to boil over.

Lacôte wrote and directed the film, which stars Koné Bakary, Steve Tientcheu, Rasmane Ouedraogo, Issaka Sawadogo, Digbeu Jean Cyrille, Abdoul Karim Konate, Anzian Marcel, Laetitia Ky and Denis Lavant. It’s produced by Delphine Jaquet, Yanick Letourneau, Ernest Konan, Yoro Mbaye and Banshee Films, Wassakara Productions, Peripheria, and Yennenga Productions.

Night of the Kings marks the third Oscar submission by the Ivory Coast. The first was Black and White in Color in 1976, which went on to win the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film. The other film was Run, the debut feature by Philippe Lacôte.

Night of the Kings will be released by NEON, with plans to be announced at a later date.

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