Park Chan-wook: ‘Hitchcock’s Vertigo Runs Through My Veins’

Park Chan-wook received the Best Director Award at Cannes for Decision to Leave. PATRICIA DE MELO MOREIRA/AFP

MAINTENANCE – . The director of Decision to Leave tells how he mixed investigation and romance in his new film.

“This is fucking cool!” By receiving the prize for directing at Cannes last May, Park Chan-wook let himself go a little. When he wants, the South Korean filmmaker can make the effort to speak English. At 58, he is also able to come out of his reserve. Decision to Leave a brilliant exercise in Hitchcockian style, is nevertheless his most restrained film, far from the violence and excesses that made his reputation (Sympathy for Mister Vengeance, old boy, Miss) When you meet him in Cannes two days before the closing ceremony, he speaks Korean and is very polite.

LE FIGARO.- You speak of Decision to Leave like from an adult movie. However, your previous feature films did not seem intended for children…

Park CHAN-WOOK.– Now that I’m a little older, I wanted to make a film for mature viewers, who already have some experience of life. I wanted to capture very subtle feelings. My characters don’t express their emotions…

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