Program
Director: Lee Isaac Chung
2019
United States
115 minutes
All Ages

Winner of both the Grand Jury prize and the Audience Award at Sundance.

Minari (a peppery Korean herb that thrives best in its second season) follows a Korean family that migrates to the US in the 1980s, and immediately moves to a tiny Arkansas farm in search of their own American Dream. At the heart of this tender, funny, evocative ode to family and the migrant experience are two spirited rebels: unruly seven-year-old David, and his sly, foul-mouthed, just-off-the-plane-from-Korea grandmother Soonja. 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. Gorgeously shot by Australian cinematographer Lachlan Milne, this has a strong emotional resonance for all migrant groups who are immersed in reconciling two worlds. Beyond this, it evokes the gaps we all wrestle with between family ties and independence, faith and skepticism, feeling like an outsider and yearning to belong. Perhaps this is why it proved the most widely popular film at Sundance this year.

“the word that’s been repeated most often at Sundance has been Minari… the year’s first truly great movie, one we’ll be talking about for quite some time.” (The Guardian)

“warmly observant, gently humorous in the vein of Ozu” (Hollywood Reporter)

“something warm, tender and universal” (Variety)

The afterparty for this Gala will be at Roxie's/Chateau Apollo, 188 Grenfell St, Adelaide

Film Type Feature Fiction
Program Strand Closing Night
Premiere Australian
Language English, Korean
Subtitles English
Director Lee Isaac Chung
Producer Dede Gardner, Jeremy Kleiner, Christina Oh
Screenwriters Lee Isaac Chung
Cinematographer Lachlan Milne
Editor Harry Yoon
Music Emile Mosseri
Cast Steven Yeun, Yeri Han, Alan Kim
Accolades Sundance, Grand Jury Prize and Audience Award, 2020
Genre Coming of Age, Drama, Family