International Cinema: Minari
International Cinema originates from a collaboration between arthouse theatre Cinecitta and International Center Tilburg to provide the international community of Tilburg with English language film and/or subtitles.
Nominated for six Academy Awards, including Best Picture and Best Director—it won the Best Supporting Actress Oscar for veteran Korean actress Youn Yuh Jung’s unforgettable turn as the grandmother—‘Minari’ draws on director Lee Isaac Chung’s childhood to tell of a Korean immigrant family who move from California to the Ozarks of Arkansas to start a farm.
Told from the point of view of David (Alan Kim), the ailing young son of Jacob and Monica (Steven Yuen and Yeri Han) and grandson to the irrepressible Soonja (Youn), Chung’s drama doesn’t paint a rosy picture of immigrants making good in the new world—it is hard work, and the toll it takes on the family is palpable…
‘Enchanting… Boosted by terrific performances, glowing visuals and a wonderful musical score… What makes this more than just another formulaic feelgood film is the grit with which Chung evokes the hardscrabble lives of his characters, balancing the dreamier elements of the drama with a naturalism that keeps it rooted in reality.’
—Mark Kermode, The Observer