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Davidson Film Club Presents “Minari”

by | Sep 10, 2023

The Davidson Film Club is pleased to invite you to a screening and discussion of the Oscar-winning South Korean film Minari on Saturday, September 16, at 7:00 p.m. in the Armour Street Theatre.

“A rare film about assimilation that can be equally cherished by both poles of the American political landscape. And everybody in between.” Tara Brady, Irish Times

Directed by Lee Isaac Chung
South Korea (2020, 1h55)
In Korean and English w/English subtitles

Discussion of the film will be led by Dr. Jack Jung, native of South Korea and Visiting Professor of English, Davidson College.

 The membership is full for this series. Walk-ins are still welcome, $9 at the door, cash or check. Walk-ins must apply for a seat in advance at [email protected]. Walk-in seats are limited by availability.

 Refreshments (red and white wine, bottled water, and snacks) will be made available by the Film Club.

Film Summary:
A tender and sweeping story about what roots us, Minari follows a Korean-American family that moves to a tiny Arkansas farm in search of their own American Dream. The family home changes completely with the arrival of their sly, foul-mouthed, but incredibly loving grandmother. Amidst the instability and challenges of this new life in the rugged Ozarks, Minari shows the undeniable resilience of family and what really makes a home.

Rotten Tomatoes Tomatometer (Critical Opinion): 98%!!

 Nominated for 5 Oscars and 5 BAFTA awards, won both the Oscar and the BAFTA award for Best Supporting Actress. Winner of Golden Globes Best Motion Picture in a Foreign Language, Grand Jury and Audience awards for Lee Isaac Chung at the Sundance Film Festival.

121 wins and 245 nominations in all, including innumerable Best Film, Best Foreign Language Film, Best Director, Best Screenplay, Best Actor, Best Supporting Actress, and Best Original Score.

 Minari is a story of the American Dream. But Chung’s brilliance is in how he adds depth and complexity to those foundational ideas – it’s in the spaces in between that we find love, loss, hope, and regret.” Clarisse Loughrey, Independent (UK)

 “It is a charming, warm installment of the American dream, one with hardships and humor within the family.” Brian Susbielles, InSession Film

“Minari deconstructs the American dream. While it’s a specific story about one Korean American family, it also is a universal tale about everyone who has dreamed for a better future.” Jae-Ha Kim, Teen VogueWhat 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, Observer (UK)

 Audience Reviews:

 “My first theater experience in 13 months. I don’t know if my tears were flowing because of that fact or because of this gorgeous film. Oh wait that’s right, it was both. As lush and soothing as a brook in spring. I look forward to letting Minari wash over me again.”

“Overflowing with love, passion, and truth, Minari is the must-see film of the season. Featuring impressive cinematography, strong writing, and an incredible ensemble, the film tells a powerfully relatable story about family, sacrifice, resilience, and the beauty of small and unexpected victories.”

“I can’t remember watching a family drama as heartfelt and poignant as Minari. Told mostly from the perspective of the very young David, it offers audience an intimate view into the life of an immigrant family trying to make their life work in America. Thankfully, the movie avoids the stereotypes of intolerance and instead embraces multiculturalism and humanity. . .”

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Hope that many of you will be at the September 16 screening of this brilliantly conceived, directed, and acted film!

Alan Singerman
President, Davidson Film Club
[email protected]
(704) 231-6736

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