[Yonhap / MHN Roh Pooleun] "Peninsula" by South Korean filmmaker Yeon Sang-ho and "Heaven" by fellow South Korean Im Sang-soo were selected for the official lineup of this year's Cannes Film Festival.
The two films made the list of Cannes' 2020 Official Selection announced Wednesday (local time), among a list of a total of 56 movies. This year's event was originally slated for mid-May but was ultimately scrapped due to the COVID-19 situation. Organizers opted to only announce the official selection.
Both are largely considered to be among the leading contenders at the box office for the second half of the year, potentially giving a much needed shot in the arm to the current film industry, which has virtually been wiped away during most of the first half due to the novel coronavirus.
They will be able to use an official "Cannes 2020" label at festivals later this year and when they screen in theaters.
Action block buster "Peninsula," starring Kang Dong-won, is long awaited sequel to Yeon's zombie thriller "Train to Busan" which sold over 11 million tickets to become that year's top grossing film in South Korea.
"Peninsula" tells a tale of survivors in the zombie-infested Korean peninsula four years after the events in "Train to Busan." It follows protagonist Jung-suk, who had escaped the Korean Peninsula after the events from four years ago, returning for a mission.
Kang's character this time battles with a much fiercer type of zombies, as well as a group of evil militia with zero human compassion.
"Peninsula" hits theaters next month.
"Heaven," starring veteran actor Choi Min-sik, depicts the story of two men who meet by chance and embark on a trip to find happiness.
Wednesday's announcement from Cannes marks Choi's fourth shoutout from the festival. The veteran actor was featured in 2002's "Chi-hwa-seon" and "Oldboy" of 2004.
"Heaven" director Im is also no stranger to Cannes. having competed for the Palm d'Or with "The Housemaid" and "The Taste of Money" in 2010 and 2012, respectively. His 2005 film, "The President's Last Bang," was also screened at the Cannes Directors' Fortnight event that year.
Other selected titles include Wes Anderson's "The French Dispatch," Francois Ozon's "Summer of 85," and "Falling" by Viggo Mortensen.
'Peninsula,' 'Heaven' selected for official Cannes 2020 lineup