Mija lives with her middle-schooler grandson in a small suburban city located along the Han River. She is a dandy old lady who likes to dress up in flower-decorated hats and fashionable outfits, but she is also an unpredictable character with an inquisitive mind. By chance she takes a “poetry” class at a neighborhood cultural center and is challenged to write a poem for the first time in her life. Her quest for poetic inspiration begins with observing the everyday life she never intentional took notice of before to find beauty within it. And with this, Mija is delightfully surprised with newfound trepidation as if she were a little girl discovering things for the first time in her life. But when she is suddendly faced with a reality harsh beyond her imagination, she realizes perhaps life is not as beautiful as she had thought it is. –Cannes Film Festival
Lee was born in Daegu, the hub of Korea’s main conservative party. He graduated in 1981 with a degree in Korean Literature from Kyungpook National University in Daegu, where he spent much of his time in the theater, writing and directing plays. After a spell teaching Korean Language in high school, he established himself as a renowned novelist with his first novel Chonri in 1983. Later in his career, to the surprise of many, he turned to movie making.
Lee did not study filmmaking before starting out. He penned two screenplays, Park Kwang-su’s To the Starry Island in 1993 and A Single Spark in 1995. After being encouraged by his contemporaries to finally step behind the directors chair, Lee made Green Fish, a “critique of Korean society told through the eyes of a young man who becomes enmeshed in the criminal underworld”, in 1997.
In 2000, Lee made Peppermint Candy, a story following a single man in reverse chonology through 20 years… read more
An elliptical Keatsian meditation on art as pain-transmuting vision. But so rich that it can provide breathing space for so many other discourses.
Runner-Up: The Tree of Life, for which Terrence Malick wins Best Director.
Strong showing for Margaret, Hugo and Moneyball.
Back in May, days before Lee Chang-dong would win a Best Screenplay award at Cannes for Poetry, the Hollywood Reporter introduced its interview
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Poetry (Lee Chang-dong, South Korea) Films about artists or someone creating art are incredibly difficult to pull off.
"Korean auteur Lee Chang-dong's quietest and most thematically complete film to date, Poetry charts a grandmother's attempt to write a
The lineup for the 63rd Cannes Film Festival is evidently still a work-in-progress, with an additional three or four titles to be added
“Poetry” is one of the gentlest movies of the year, yet one of the most devastating. After Chang-dong Lee’s masterful film “Secret Sunshine” last year, I eagerly anticipated his follow up film. Hoping… read review
La poésie, parfois, fleurit sur le cynisme des hommes. Lee Chang-dong a réalisé une prouesse, celui d’écrire une merveille douce et amère à la fois, où l’incommunicabilité entre les êtres finit par… read review
En una escena clave de Poesía (Shi, Corea del Sur, 2010), quinto largometraje del desconocido en México Lee Chang-dong – o Chang-dong Lee, si escribimos su nombre al estilo occidental – , la anciana… read review