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Poetry
  • Family/Child
  • Women
  • Art/Artist
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  • Country/RegionKorea
  • Production Year2010
  • Running Time139min
  • Format DCP
  • ColorColor
Program Note
A poem emerges from pain, much like a bird breaking free from its shell. Only when the world is dismantled can a poem stand whole. Mija (Yun Jung-hee) aspires to write poems. She supports herself and her grandson, a child abandoned by her divorced daughter, with her supplemental security income and a small amount of money earned from caregiving. Although her life is not easy, Mija is always cheerful. However, Mija’s appreciation for beauty is tested when an unpleasant incident involving her grandson shakes her to the core. Director Lee Chang-dong’s Poetry is a movie about attitudes toward beauty. Rather than a detailed narrative, the film, more poetic than novel-like, leaves gaps between lines. Instead, the camera diligently captures the essence of characters through their shadows, movements, and imprints. Eventually, as Mija, suspended somewhere between beauty and morality, bursts into tears. The moment her sobbing resounds, the poem named ‘Yun Jung-hee’is completed. (SONG Kyung-won)
Director
Director
LEE Chang-dong
With his directorial debut, Green Fish (1997), Lee Chang-dong won Best New Director, Best Film, and Best Screenplay at the Baeksang Arts Awards, earning recognition for both his artistic vision and popularity. Subsequently, through works like Peppermint Candy (2000), Secret Sunshine (2007), Burning (2018), and the short film, Heartbeat (2022), Lee has showcased his sensitive approach to direction. Lee won Best Director at the Venice Film Festival for Oasis (2002). He was also involved in the production of works by other directors, such as A Girl at My Door (2014) and Birthday (2019). His film Poetry won the Best Screenplay award at Cannes.
Credit
Director
LEE Chang-dong
Producer
Joon-dong LEE
Cast
Jung-hee YUN, David LEE, Hee-ra KIM, Nae-sang AHN
Screenplay
Chang-dong LEE
Cinematography
Hyun-seok KIM
Production Design
Jeom-hui SHIN
Editor
Hyun KIM
Music
Seung-chul LEE
Production Company
PINEHOUSE FILM Co. Ltd.

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