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You hear that, New Yorkers? Free movie. All you have to do is show up to the Tribeca cinemas to catch this drama from Lee-Chang Dong (Secret Sunshine, Oasis). Here's the good word on the screening: Free Screening Of Lee Chang-dong'S Poetry (Tuesday, Dec. 20 @ 7pm - Tribeca Cinemas, 54 Varick Street, corner of Canal and Varick) Lee Chang-Dong's film won "Best Screenplay" at Cannes, and the New York Times calls it "quietly devastating." Marking the return to the screen of Yoon Jeong-Hee, retired since 1994, she plays a woman dealing with Alzheimer's and a surly grandson who enrolls in a poetry class at community college to try to keep her mind sharp. Poetry also comes in handy when she finds herself dealing »
Novelist-turned-film director Lee Chang-dong's (Green Fish, Oasis, Secret Sunshine) critically acclaimed feature Poetry (a.k.a. Shi) arrives on DVD and Blu-ray for the first time on November 28th and to celebrate the release, Flickering Myth have three copies of the DVD to give away to our readers courtesy of the lovely folk at Arrow Films.
Read on for a synopsis and details of how to enter this competition...
Mija (veteran actress Yun Jung-hee) is a beautiful grandmother in her sixties who moves gracefully through life, contemplating a trivial daily routine that is ill-suited to her refined persona. With warmth, elegance and a dash of eccenticitiy, Mija takes care of her ungrateful grandson Wook (Lee David) and makes a living caring for an elderly man, paralyzed by a stroke.
On a whim, Mija enrolls in a poetry class and begins a personal quest to find the perfect words to describe her feelings. »
Korean cinema has really been a hotspot this past decade, what with Kim Ki-Duk (Time, 3-Iron, Spring Summer...), Bong Joon-ho (The Host, Mother, Memories of Murder), Park Chan-wook (Thirst, Oldboy... the upcoming Stoker) and Lee Chang-dong (Poetry, Oasis, Peppermint Candy) winning over critics and Asian film fans quite regularly. South Korea's steady stream of great performances by actresses isn't hurting their rep either... especially not with The Film Experience ;) Just the other day I was skimming over The Housemaid again and, gah, actressy heaven. All four female players were totally working those roles.
The Front Line, Sunny, and Poonsang
So we're curious as to what they'll submit this year. The Korean Film Commission has narrowed it down to six titles so one of these will be your Oscar contender:
Poonsan (Juhn Jai-hong) is a romantic drama about a South Korean messenger and his pick-up from North Korea that he's to smuggle across the border. »
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Title: Poetry Writer-director: Lee Chang-dong Starring: Yun Jung-hee, Lee David, Kim Hira, Kim Yong-taek, Ahn Nae-sang A former high school teacher and novelist turned filmmaker, South Korean Lee Chang-dong has, with movies like Peppermint Candy, Oasis and Secret Sunshine, crafted a body of work ripe with mesmeric understatement, shining a light on quotidian pain and delight, and locating meaning as much in how his characters don’t react to certain situations as in any more active plotting. His latest film, Poetry, the Best Screenplay award winner at last year’s Cannes Film Festival, centers on a sixtysomething grandmother who, after learning two bits of potentially devastating news, tries to center herself and find release »
Lee Chang-dong's must-see film, Poetry (which was in competition in Cannes 2010 and won best screenplay), opens at Los Angeles' Royal theatre on May 6. The film also won directing, screenwriting and acting awards at the Asian Pacific Screen Awards and the Asian Film Awards. Below, writer-director Lee (Secret Sunshine, Oasis) talks about his inspiration for the film, the writing process, how he works with actors and the balancing of beauty and pain in the film. He is certainly not afraid to explore difficult territory--Poetry tells the story of a mid-sixties woman learning to write poetry amidst news of a horrific local crime involving her grandson. But the beauty that is able to emerge proves Lee's point: "Life has two sides like light and shadow. »
Former teacher, novelist, and minister of Culture and Tourism in South Korea, Lee Chang-dong has an extensive resume that extends far beyond cinema. That said, he is most well-known for his film output, with Venice and Cannes awarding him top prizes for the brilliant "Oasis" and "Secret Sunshine" (finally released through IFC last December). Lee's 2010 effort "Poetry" was no different, garnering a well-deserved Best Screenplay award at Cannes, celebrating the Korean director's ability to tackle many subjects with elegance and unwavering beauty. Granted, a first viewing was a bit overwhelming, but subsequent ones display the man's expertise in weaving… »
Korean cinema of the past ten years has been absolutely astonishing. Among the many directors finding world fame are Chan-wook Park (Oldboy), Joon-ho Bong (Mother, The Host) and Ji-woon Kim (I Saw The Devil). Well, now it is time to add another director to your radar. Lee Chang-dong won the Dragons and Tigers Award at Viff 1997 for his debut feature, Green Fish. He has since won awards in major festivals the world over for Oasis (2002) and Secret Sunshine (2007), one of the most talked-about films at Cannes and Toronto, and his new film, Poetry, was awarded Best Screenplay at last year’s Cannes Film Festival along with Best Actress and Best Picture at the Grand Bell Awards. The film also took home Best Directing and Best Actress at the 2010 Asia Pacific Screen Awards.
Now acquired by Kino International, the film is finally hitting shores stateside this year. Here is the official »
7 items from 2011
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