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Buzzworthy ‘Parasite’ part of today’s Weyauwega film fest schedule

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When a foreign film is garnering huge media buzz across the country, it generally means one of two things for movie buffs in the Fox Cities.

Get in the car and drive to Milwaukee or perhaps Chicago. The other? Wait and hope for an Oscar nod that’ll open the door for a few showings.

Well, today is a new day, Fox Cities.

“Parasite,” a South Korean film directed by Bong Joon Ho, has been everywhere in the movie media and it’s made its way here.

The thriller and commentary on class will be the final feature of the Weyauwega International Film Festival, showing tonight at 8 p.m. The festival is held at the Gerold Opera House.

Festival Director Ian Teal said it was quite the score. The film was the winner of the 2019 Palme d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival.

“It’s one of the best movies I’ve seen in years,” he said.

It’s already getting its share of best picture talk.

In addition the festival, “Parasite” opened Friday at Marcus Valley Grand Cinema in Appleton. 

Our recommendation? Make the drive to Weyauwega. Moviegoers will get a lot more for an $18 day pass.

Today’s film schedule begins with the documentary feature, “Yen Ching,” at 11:30 a.m. includes short film programs at 12:45 p.m. and 4:30 p.m.

Dan Sallitt’s festival hit “Fourteen,” the story of two young women and 10 years of their close but troubled friendship, will show at 2:30 p.m. Stars Tallie Medel (The Unspeakable Truth) and Norma Kuhling (Chicago Med) will be in attendance.

“Give Me Liberty,” a feature narrative made and set in Milwaukee, will show at 5:45 p.m.

The festival will close with The Gerolds, an award program honoring the best of this year’s fest.