Tuesday, December 20, 2011 at 7 PM
(54 Varick Street, NYC)
Winner - “Best Screenplay” - Cannes Film Festival
Special Mention of the Jury - Cannes Film Festival
Winner - “Best Film” - Grand Bell Awards
Winner - “Best Director” - Asian Film Awards
Winner - “Best Screenplay” - Asian Film Awards
“…quietly devastating…” - The New York Times
“…flawlessly constructed, bitingly intelligent…” - The Independent
“…daring…haunting…a character study of remarkable subtlety…” - The Los Angeles Times
Lee Chang-dong (Secret Sunshine, Oasis, Peppermint Candy) delivers yet another big screen triumph with Poetry, a movie which also marks the return to the silver screen of acting legend, Yoon Jeong-Hee, who has been retired since 1994. In Lee’s film, she plays a 67 year-old grandmother, taking care of her loutish grandson and barely scraping by with a series of odd jobs. As the movie begins, she has been given a diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease and so she enrolls in a poetry class in an effort to sharpen her mental faculties and delay the advance of her dementia. Simultaneously, a young girl who lives in her neighborhood commits suicide and slowly, in Lee’s expert hands, the strands of this narrative — a brute of a grandson, a tired old woman, poetry, suicide, senility — all come together to deliver yet another of Lee’s enormous, epic, subtle, sprawling portraits of the world. It’s a movie that should be compared to a novel for all of its elegance and depth, but that is also, truly, cinema: a story that could not be told any other way but in enormous, illuminated images.
54 Varick Street, on the corner of Canal Street, one block from the A, C, E and 1 train Canal Street stops.
Price? Free. All seating is first-come, first serve basis. Doors open at 6:30 pm.