Sat Nov 26, 3:00 PM
Director: Kore-eda Hirokazu
South Korea
129 minutes
Unclassified 15+

“Achingly Empathetic...miraculous in its sensitivity” (IndieWire)

In this follow-up to 2018’s Palme d’Or-winning Shoplifters, master Japanese director Kore’eda Hirokazu returns to his cherished theme of the way that people desperately need to form themselves into families. He has travelled to Korea to make this film with Bong Joon-ho’s favourite actors, the great Bae Doo-na and Song Kang-ho, in a story of baby trafficking. A young woman abandons her child—a practice so common that Korean churches have Baby-box slots—and then thinking better of it, gets caught up with a couple of baby brokers. They form a precarious group, under police surveillance and on the run from gangs. It might be an easy subject to moralise about, but in Kore’eda’s hands, we see that everyone has their own motives, and that people are bound together by emotions which are no less strong for being expressed in such a gentle and humorous way.

“By Kore-eda’s gentle standards, Broker is a more suspenseful, plot-driven affair than usual, but the enormity of his compassion and melancholy air remain undiminished” (Screen Daily)

“It’s one of the master’s most transparent and—when it comes to confrontations about what parents, and specifically women, can or should do for themselves and for the babies they are forever bound to—brave films of his career.” (IndieWire)

“One of the year’s most delightful films…keeps on getting funnier and knottier as secret motives are revealed, sympathies shift, mysteries deepen and dangers multiply” (BBC)

“Gentle, sad, and funny…a crowd-pleaser that prods those crowds to think, to consider the many teeming lives of others, as they chuckle and sigh along.” (Vanity Fair)

This screening is part of the Adelaide Film Festival Curate Your Own Festival program. 
Unique in Australia, Curate Your Own Festival builds screen culture in regional towns by developing local curatorial skills. Every Festival, AFF invites four emerging regional curators to spend four days at the Festival to select films to take back to their town.
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Program Strand OzAsia, World Cinema
Language Korean
Subtitles English
Director Kore-eda Hirokazu
Producer Miky Lee, Eugene Lee, Fukuma Miyuki, Yoon Hye-joon, Song Dae-chan, Kang Ho-sung
Writer Kore-eda Hirokazu
Cinematographer Hong Kyung-pyo
Editor Kore-eda Hirokazu
Cast Song Kang-ho (Leading Actor), Bae Doo-na (Leading Actress), Gang Dong-won (Leading Actor), Lee Ji-eun (Leading Actress), Lee Joo-young (Leading Actress)
Genre Drama, Social Issue