July 2 - July 17.
In a new Ice Age, where Earth has been frozen for 17 years, Snowpiercer is the only place for survivors.
Climate change has made the planet uninhabitable. Those few who survived the planet's demise live aboard a train that perpetually circles the same track. The tail section is like a slum, filled with people who are cold and hungry, forced to live by their wits, while the front section contains the chosen few, who indulge in alcohol and drugs amid luxurious surroundings. The world inside the train is far from equal.
In the 17th year of the train's infinite course, a young leader from the tail section stirs up a riot that has been brewing for some time. In order to liberate the tail section and eventually the whole train, this hero and his fellow passengers charge toward the engine located at the front of the train, where its creator, the absolute authority, resides in splendor. But unexpected circumstances lie in wait for humanity's tenacious survivors...
'An enormously ambitious, visually stunning and richly satisfying futuristic epic from the gifted Korean genre director Bong Joon-ho.' - Variety
'An enthralling ride that never runs out of momentum as it cleverly examines the issue of social class in a thoroughly engaging, yet complex manner.' - Screen International
Cast & Crew
Bong Joon-Ho (Director)
Bong Joon-Ho firmly established himself at the vanguard of Korean filmmakers with his four feature films, Barking Dogs Never Bite (2000), Memories of Murder (2003), The Host (2006) and Mother (2009), creating a global appetite for what would become Snowpiercer. Through all of his features, Bong demonstrates a propensity for bold ideas that catch an audience off-guard and present a new kind of viewing experience where suspense, humor and humanity co-exist in singular films that cannot be defined by one particular genre.
Chris Evans (Curtis)
Chris Evans has emerged as one of Hollywood's most in-demand actors for both big budget and independent features. He currently can be seen in Captain America: The Winter Solider, the sequel to the highly successful Captain America: The First Avenger, which was released in 2011. He recently wrapped production on 1:30 Train, which marks his feature directorial debut. Evans also produced and will star in the film with Alice Eve and Mark Kassen. He also recently completed production on Justin Reardon’s A Many Splintered Thing. Evans stars in the comedy, which he also produced. He appeared in The Avengers, opposite Robert Downey Jr., Samuel L. Jackson, Scarlett Johansson, Mark Ruffalo and Chris Hemsworth, and will appear in the forthcoming The Avengers: Age of Ultron.
Tilda Swinton (Mason)
A native of Scotland, Swinton started making films with the English experimental director Derek Jarman in 1985, with Caravaggio. They made seven more films together, including The Last of England, The Garden, War Requiem, Edward II (for which she won the Best Actress award at the 1991 Venice International Film Festival), and Wittgenstein, before Mr. Jarman’s death in 1994. She gained wider international recognition in 1992 with her portrayal of Orlando, based on the novel by Virginia Woolf, under the direction of Sally Potter.
She has established rewarding ongoing filmmaking relationships with Lynn Hershman-Leeson, with whom she made Conceiving Ada, Teknolust and Strange Culture; with John Maybury, with whom she made Man 2 Man and Love is the Devil; with Jim Jarmusch (Only Lovers Left Alive, Broken Flowers and The Limits of Control); and Luca Guadagnino, with whom she made The Love Factory and the widely applauded I Am Love, which she co-produced over the span of a decade.
Swinton has also appeared in Spike Jonze’s Adaptation, David Mackenzie’s Young Adam, Mike Mills’ Thumbsucker, Francis Lawrence’s Constantine, Béla Tarr’s The Man from London, Andrew Adamson’s The Chronicles of Narnia tales, Tony Gilroy's Michael Clayton — for which she received both the BAFTA and Academy Awards for Best Supporting Actress of 2008 — and Erick Zonca’s Julia, which received its world premiere at the 2008 Berlin International Film Festival and which, on its release in the UK, won Swinton the Evening Standard's Best Actress award. That performance was also named as IndieWire's favorite of that year. Recent films include Lynne Ramsay's We Need to Talk About Kevin, and Wes Anderson's Moonrise Kingdom and The Grand Budapest Hotel.
John Hurt (Gilliam)
John Hurt attended the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art after studying Fine Art at St. Martin’s. He has appeared in over 100 films including Alien, Midnight Express, The Elephant Man, 1984, Scandal, The Hit, Champions, The Field, Love and Death on Long Island, Shooting Dogs, The Proposition, 44-Inch Chest, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hollows, Brighton Rock and Only Lovers Left Alive. He has received numerous awards including five BAFTA nominations and three BAFTA wins; two Oscar nominations; the Evening Standard Award; and a Golden Globe. His television roles include "The Naked Civil Servant," "I Claudius," "The Alan Clark Diaries," and "An Englishman in New York," for which John received a special Teddy Award at the 2009 Berlin Film Festival. John has made many theatre appearances, most recently in "Heroes" at Wyndhams Theatre in London’s West End and "Krapp’s Last Tape" at The Gate Theatre in Dublin and at The Barbican. John was granted a C.B.E. in 2004 and was awarded a Fellowship by the British Film Institute in October 2009.
Song Kang-Ho (Namgoong Minsu)
A noted stage actor in social theater before he began his film career as an extra in Hong San-Soo's The a Pig Fell into a Well, Song gained cult notoriety for his show-stealing performance in Song Neung-han's No. 3, playing a gangster training young recruits, and winning his first acting prize at the Blue Dragon Film Awards. His next high-profile appearance was as a secret agent in Kang Je-gyu's blockbuster thriller Shiri, opposite Han Suk-kyu. Subsequent starring film roles include the box-office smash The Foul King, for which he did most of his own stunts, and an award-winning turn in Park Chan-wook's Joint Security Area/JSA, which placed him at the forefront of Korean actors. Song also starred in Park Chan-wook's international sensation Sympathy of Mr. Sympathy, about a father's pursuit of his daughter's kidnappers. In 2006, Song starred in Bong Joon-ho's record-breaking thriller The Host, helping to broaden international awareness for the actor. He beat out several of Asia's best-known stars to be named Best Actor at the inaugural Asian Film Awards held in Hong Kong in 2007. Other featured roles include Bong Joon-ho's Memories of Murder, in which he played an incompetent rural detective, Lee Chang-dong's Secret Sunshine, Kim Ji-woon's The Good, the Bad, the Weird, Park Chan-wook's Thirst.
Ko Ah-Sung (Yona)
Ko Ah-sung is a South Korean actress who began her career as a child actress, notably in 2006's international hit The Host. She was four years old when she appeared in her first commercial; at 13 she began her acting career in the 2004 children's TV show "Oolla Boolla Blue-jjiang" for the Korean network KBS. Having worked together in the TV omnibus "Beating Heart," fellow Korean actress Doona Bae (Cloud Atlas) recommended Ko to Bong Joon-ho when he was casting for THE HOST. She continued her film career with supporting roles in The Happy Life, Radio Dayz and A Brand New Life. Snowpiercer, Bong Joon-ho's first English-language film, marks her second appearance alongside Korean actor Song Kang-ho.