Blockbusters vs arthouse: the battle for cinema’s soul

Until recently, received wisdom was that cinema as we know it would be gobbled up by remakes, blockbusters and comic-book franchises. Then along came Netflix and a South Korean thriller and it’s all to play for again

16th February, 2020
Blockbusters vs arthouse: the battle for cinema’s soul
Han Jin-won and Bong Joon-ho, winners of the original screenplay award for Parasite at the 92nd Annual Academy Awards at Hollywood pose with their Oscars Picture: Getty

The glitter had barely settled on Oscar night when the conversation about what films will be in the running at this summer’s big international festivals and next year’s awards ceremonies began.

Twelve months ago, nobody could have predicted the Best Actor award would go to a role in a comic-book movie, or that Best Picture would be a slippery, satirical South Korean thriller about social inequality. Things like that just don’t...

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