After winning major awards at the Sundance Film Festival earlier this year, A24 is preparing to release Minari. The first footage of the film was released in a trailer on Wednesday.
What is ‘Minari’ about?
Minari is a family drama film directed by Lee Issac Chung starring former celebrities the Walking Dead Star Steven Yeun.
Here is the official description of the film:
Minari is a delicate and full story of what roots us. He follows a Korean-American family who move to a tiny farm in Arkansas in search of their own American dream. The family home changes completely with the arrival of their cunning, smelly, but incredibly loving grandmother. Amid the instability and challenges of this new life in the rugged Ozarks, Minari shows the undeniable resilience of the family and what really makes a home.
Aside from Yeun, the film stars Yeri Han, Alan Kim, Noel Kate Cho and Scott Haze
with Yuh-Jung Youn and Will Patton.
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At Sundance, the film won both the US Dramatic Grand Jury Prize and the US Dramatic Audience Award. It is part of an elite group of seven films that have won both Grand Jury Awards and Audience Awards. Other films that have done the same thing are Ryan Cooglers Fruitvale Station, Lee Daniels’ Preciousand Damien Chazelle Whiplash.
What the director and leading actor said about the film.
In an interview with the Associated Press, Chung shared his inspiration for the film. The director used events from his childhood as the basis for the film.
“I wanted to make the narrative so that it had different areas that this family might not make it and might not survive,” he said. “Those were the tensions I played with. It is each family member’s turn to focus on growth and maturation. It wasn’t a traditional hero tale, but more: How do I make the whole family a hero? “
Yeun talked about how this was a different immigration story than what was on-screen. This fact drew him to the project.
“Sometimes there is identity[s] A focus on how you approach the other or a difference in how we Americans see each other, ”said the actor. “I’ve read a lot of scripts about immigrant families. Most of the time they are explanatory or they are aimed at an audience that is not even of themselves. When it does, it loses its authenticity and romanticizes in one way, idealized in another way. As I read the script, I said: This is blatantly a truthful statement from these people. “
Minari will soon be published by A24. A specific date is not yet known.