As we continue to wait for his battle with The Weinstein Company over the cut of “Snowpiercer” to be resolved, Bong Joon-Ho isn’t sitting idly by waiting for Harvey to call. Instead, he’s boarded a plane and headed to Argentina where the filmmaker is sitting on the international competition jury of the Mar Del Plata International Film Festival, but he isn’t just there to watch movies. The director will also have a retrospective program of his films with “Barking Dogs Never Bite,” “The Host” and “Memories of Murder” all set to screen, with another one of his movies getting a unique makeover.
You’d have to look for it (and thanks to AirseyBenson for the heads up), but in the program for the festival it notes that Bong Joon-Ho’s 2009 psychological thriller “Mother” will be presented “in a new black & white version especially prepared by him and his cinematographer Hong Kyung-pyo.” Festival programmer Marcelo Alderete told us that no other edits have been made to the movie—it’s same film you know and love—but that at tonight’s premiere screening, Bong Joon-Ho will introduce this new version and discuss his decision to go grayscale.
Needless to say we’re intrigued, and hopefully some kind of special screenings of this version can make their way stateside. More details on this soon (we hope), but until then, here’s the original trailer (and if you haven’t seen the movie at all, be sure to track it down).