Bong Joon-ho’s “Parasite,” the winner of Best Picture and three other Oscars at the 92nd Academy Awards, will make a Valentine’s Day return to the Mary Riepma Ross Media Arts Center.
Running Feb. 14-20, the film depicts two South Korean families at opposite ends of the class spectrum: the Parks, a picture of aspirational wealth, and the Kims, rich only in street smarts. When one of the Kim children receives an opportunity to begin tutoring in the Park home, he initiates a series of gambits that ultimately embed the Kim family with their wealthy counterpart. But when a parasitic interloper threatens the Kims’ newfound comfort, an underhanded, savage battle for survival breaks out, threatening to destroy the symbiotic Kim-Park relationship.
“Parasite” is rated R for language, some violence and sexual content.
Also opening Feb. 14 is “Clemency,” a drama that stars Alfre Woodard as a prison warden whose long oversight of death row has taken a psychological toll. As she prepares to execute another inmate, Woodard’s character, Bernadine Williams, confronts the emotional demons of her job and begins connecting with the man she is sanctioned to execute.
“Clemency” runs through Feb. 27 and is rated R for language and some disturbing material.
A documentary that examines humankind’s drastic impact on its home planet, “Earth” rounds out the trio of films coming to The Ross on Feb. 14. Austrian director Nikolaus Geyrhalter’s film observes the people working mines, quarries and large construction sites as they engage in a constant struggle to displace billions of tons of earth via shovel, excavator and dynamite.
“Earth” is showing through Feb. 20.
For more information, including show times, call 402-472-5353 or visit the Ross website.