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Screening of PARK Chan-wook’s new film THIRST: July 26

As a benefit for HIFF Ohana members*, we are hosting a special sneak preview of Korean director PARK Chan-wook’s new vampire film THIRST at the Dole Cannery Theaters on Sunday, July 26th at 6:30pm. This film won the Jury Prize at the Cannes Film Festival earlier this year. PARK will be in attendance and will have an extended Q&A session after the film. We will also be presenting him with this year’s Vision in Film Award.

Short Synopsis:
Sang-hyun (played by top Korean star SONG Kang-ho, of The Host) is a priest who cherishes life; so much so, that he selflessly volunteers for a secret vaccine development project meant to eradicate a deadly virus. But the virus takes the priest, and a blood transfusion is urgently ordered up for him. The blood he receives is infected, so Sang-hyun lives – but now exists as a vampire. Struggling with his newfound carnal desire for blood, Sang-hyun’s faith is further strained when a childhood friend’s wife, Tae-ju (KIM Ok-vin), comes to him asking for his help in escaping her life. Sang-hyun soon plunges into a world of sensual pleasures, finding himself on intimate terms with the Seven Deadly Sins.

Take a look at the THIRST Trailer on the official website. Note: this is a Rated R trailer, and not appropriate for children under 17.

*You must be a current HIFF Ohana member (as of Fall 2008 or Spring 2009) to attend this screening. Invitations are being mailed to current members, and attendance at the screening is on a first come, first serve basis. If you purchase a HIFF Ohana membership at the event, you will receive a complimentary ticket. Information about HIFF membership is available here, and will be available at the event.

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