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South Korea, 2010 (MIFF 2010, Neighbourhood Watch)

Director: Lee Chang-dong

Winner of the Best Screenplay prize at this year's Cannes Film Festival.

Filmmaker Lee Chang-dong (Secret Sunshine, MIFF 08; Oasis, MIFF 03) continues his tradition of razor-sharp social critique with his latest feature, a quietly haunting and thought-proking meditation on society's quick-fix approach to the deeper problems of Korean culture.

Lee's film is the story of a sixty-something woman in search of the fundamental poetry of her life. Coming to terms with the onset of Alzheimer's, she faces a second dilemma when her teenage grandson, who lives under her care, is accused of assaulting a girl from his junior high school who subsequently committed suicide.

Features a bravura performance from Yoon Jeong-hee as a woman searching for meaning in the face of loss.

D/P/S Lee Changdong WS Finecut L Korean w/English subtitles TD 35mm/2010

See also...

SECRET SUNSHINE

Korea, 2007
Lee Chang-dong's (Oasis, MIFF 03) latest epic follows a young mother's encounter with adversity and tragedy as a widow settling in a new town. ... After losing her husband in a car accident, Shin-ae … More »

OASIS

South Korea, 2002
Oasis won four awards at the 2002 Venice Film Festival, including Best Director and a FIPRESCI award 'for the audacity and courage of its imaginative exploration of the difficulties of communication,… More »

JOURNALS OF MUSAN

South Korea, 2010
For a North Korean in South Korea, the grass isn't always greener. ... Having escaped the oppressiveness of North Korea, Jeon Seung-chul is determined to build a better life for himself amidst the fr… More »

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