Faced with a crippling medical diagnosis and the discovery of a heinous family crime, Mija finds strength and purpose in taking a poetry class.

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Synopsis: Mija (veteran actress Yun Jung-hee) is a beautiful woman in her sixties who moves gracefully through life, contemplating a trivial daily routine that is ill-suited to her refined persona. With
elegance and a dash of eccentricity, Mija takes care of her ungrateful grandson Wook (Lee
David) and makes a living by cleaning house for an elderly man who, though paralyzed by a
stroke, still responds to her charm with bouts of drug-induced arousal.

On a whim, Mija enrolls in a poetry class at the local cultural centre and begins a personal quest to find the perfect words to describe her feelings. However, she’s plagued by the onset of Alzheimer’s disease, and struggles with new vocabulary and the challenges of the creative process. When her world is turned upside down by the discovery of a monstrous crime, it is Mija’s unique and touching poetry that allows her to defy the weight of shame and distance herself from a painful proximity to violence.

Genre

Drama

Rated

NR -Treat as PG

Language

Korean

Starring

Lee David...Wook
Yun Jung-hee...Mija
Nae-sang Ahn...Kibum's father
Myeong-shin Park...Heejin's mother
Hira Kim...M.Kang

Directed by

Chang-dong Lee

Written by

Chang-dong Lee

Produced by

Jun-dong Lee

Awards

AWARDS

Best Screenplay, Cannes Film Festival, 2010
Prize of Ecumenical Jury, Cannes Film Festival, 2010
Achievement in Directing, Asia Pacific Screen Awards, 2010
Best Performance by an Actress, Asia Pacific Screen Awards, 2010
Audience Award, Philadelphia Film Festival, 2010
Best Actress, Blue Dragon Awards, 2010
Best Film, Grand Bell Awards South Korea, 2010
Best Actress, Grand Bell Awards South Korea, 2010
Best Supporting Actor, Grand Bell Awards South Korea, 2010
Best Screenplay, Grand Bell Awards South Korea, 2010
Best Director, Asian Film Awards, 2011
Best Screenwriter, Asian Film Awards, 2011
Best Actress – International Competition, Cinemanila International Film Festival, 2011
Grand Prix, Fribourg International Film Festival, 2011
FIPRESCI Prize, Fribourg International Film Festival, 2011
LAFCA Award – Best Actress, Los Angeles Film Critics Association, 2011
Best Original Screenplay – Chlotrudis Award, 2012


NOMINATIONS

Palm d’Or, Cannes Film Festival, 2010
Best Film, Asia Pacific Screen Awards, 2010
Best Screenplay, Asia Pacific Screen Awards, 2010
Best Film, Asian Film Awards, 2011
Lino Brocka Award, Cinemanila International Film Festival, 2011
VVFP Award – Best Actress, Village Voice Film Poll, 2011
ALFS Award – Foreign Language Film of the Year, London Critics Circle, 2012
VFCC Award – Best Foreign Language Film, Vancouver Film Critics Circle, 2012
Best Movie – Chlotrudis Awards, 2012
Best Actress – Chlotrudis Awards, 2012


OFFICIAL SELECTIONS

Toronto International Film Festival, 2010
Melbourne International Film Festival, 2010
New York Film Festival, 2010
Vancouver International Film Festival, 2010
Telluride Film Festival, 2010
Hamburg Film Festival, 2010
London Film Festival, 2010
Denver International Film Festival, 2010
Sao Paulo International Film Festival, 2010
Dubai International Film Festival, 2010
Karlovy Vary Film Festival, 2010
Donostia-San Sebastian International Film Festival, 2010
Rio de Janeiro International Film Festival, 2010
Gent International Film Festival Belgium, 2010
Turin Film Festival Italy, 2010
Thessaloniki International Film Festival Greece, 2010
Marrakech International Film Festival Morocco, 2010
Palm Springs International Film Festival, 2011
Glasgow Film Festival, 2011
Wisconsin Film Festival, 2011
Tokyo FILMeX, 2011
Fuuoka International Film Festival Japan, 2011

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Country of Origin

South Korea

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