- Title: Brad Pitt attends the New York premiere of "Okja"
- Date: 9th June 2017
- Summary: NEW YORK CITY, NEW YORK, UNITED STATES (JUNE 08, 2017) (REUTERS) ***WARNING CONTAINS FLASH PHOTOGRAPHY*** ACTOR AND PRODUCER BRAD PITT POSING FOR PICTURES ON RED CARPET PITT WALKING DOWN RED CARPET CAST POSING FOR PICTURES WITH PITT ACTRESS TILDA SWINTON POSING FOR PICTURES (SOUNDBITE) (English) TILDA SWINTON, ACTRESS, SAYING: (HOW SHE DESCRIBES THE FILM) "I think it's a love story. I think it's about the fact that when we grow up we can believe in love. We don't have to give it up, we don't have to become cynical and believe that we can't trust people and start telling lies. That's really what it's about. And then of course it's about food industry and grownups making idiots of themselves." SWINTON SPECKING TO REPORTER (SOUNDBITE) (English) TILDA SWINTON, ACTRESS, SAYING: (THE MESSAGE OF THE FILM) "I hope they - well, there are suggestions that we could be nicer to each other. We could be nicer to animals both nonhuman and human. We could tell lies less, we could be more careful about what we put in our bodies." MORE OF SWINTON SPEAKING TO REPORTER LILY COLLINS, AN SEO HYUN AND SWINTON POSING FOR PICTURES AN SEO-HYUN POSING FOR PICTURES (SOUNDBITE) (Korean) AN SEO-HYUN, ACTRESS, SAYING: (ROUGH TRANSLATION - ON WHAT SHE FELT WHEN FIRST READ THE SCRIPT) "The first thing that I felt was that I really wanted to play this character and that the story talks about something very interesting and heavy. And that it has director, Bong-Joon Ho's unique style in it. As an actress I definitely wanted to be a part of the project." AN SEO-HYUN SPEAKING TO REPORTER (SOUNDBITE) (Korean) AN SEO-HYUN, ACTRESS, SAYING: (ROUGH TRANSLATION - ON BEING INTRODUCED TO AMERICAN AUDIENCES) "I am nervous and very excited to be here, this is a place that I've never been to throughout my acting career. I am trying to enjoy every single moment of it while I can." DIRECTOR BONG JOON-HO POSING FOR PICTURES WITH AN SEO HYUN BONG JOON-HO POSING FOR PICTURES BONG JOON-HO SPEAKING TO REPORTER (SOUNDBITE) (English) BONG JOON-HO, DIRECTOR, SAYING: (ON THE CANNES FILM FESTIVAL'S NEW RULES) "Actually I'm just a creator, it's their job. I hope they really make some new regulation, or new way of coexist. That digital streaming and theaters can coexist peacefully, it's their job. But I hope they make some good thing." COLLINS POSING FOR PICTURES (SOUNDBITE) (English) LILY COLLINS, ACTRESS, SAYING: (ON UNDERSTANDING THE SCRIPT) "I think it was just there was so much information in there and there is a lot going on especially with two different cultures and there are different languages. There is something new to be garnered every time you read it. So I needed to fill my brain with it over and over again because Bond works in such a way that you need to have a layered understanding of the script and only came from reading it multiple times." ACTOR PAUL DANO POSING FOR PICTURES ACTOR GIANCARLO ESPOSITO POSING FOR PICTURES ACTOR STEVEN YEUN POSING FOR PICTURES ACTOR DEVON BOSTICK POSING FOR PICTURES
- Embargoed: 23rd June 2017 01:56
- Keywords: An Seo Hyun Korean Brad Pitt director Netflix Okja Bong Joon-ho premiere red carpet Tilda Swinton
- Location: NEW YORK CITY, NEW YORK, UNITED STATES / UNKNOWN FILM LOCATIONS
- City: NEW YORK CITY, NEW YORK, UNITED STATES / UNKNOWN FILM LOCATIONS
- Country: USA
- Topics: Arts / Culture / Entertainment,Film
- Reuters ID: LVA0016KK1O3X
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Story Text: Actor and producer Brad Pitt helped celebrate the release of the new Netflix film, "Okja" in New York on Thursday (June 08) night.
The actor's production company, Plan B, produced the film written and directed by South Korean director Bong Joon-ho, known for "Snowpiercer" and "The Host," and starring actress Tilda Swinton.
"Okja" tells the story of a giant pig raised in part by a young South Korean girl, Mija. Their idyllic life is threatened when a TV zoologist, played by Jake Gyllenhaal, turns up to reclaim the animal for a company called Mirando, whose CEO is played by Swinton. Unknown to Mija, the giant pig had been bred by the company in order to produce cheap meat.
The animal is saved, but also used, by activists from the Animal Liberation Front (ALF).
With elements of "King Kong", the film has been described as "snazzy science fiction succeeds as both a critique of the modern meat industry and a bittersweet tale of the bond between a girl and a mighty beast".
"Okja" will be streamed on Netflix and released in New York and Los Angeles theaters on June 28.
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