Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Korean movie A Girl At My Door (도희야) in Pittsburgh, September 18 and 20.

The 2014 Korean movie A Girl At My Door (도희야) will play in Pittsburgh on September 18 and 20 as part of this year's Silk Screen Film Festival. The Vancouver Queer Film Festival provides a summary of the film, starring Doona Bae (배두나) and a 14-year-old Sae-ron Kim (김새론):
A brilliant, gritty and complex psychodrama that received a three-minute standing ovation at the Cannes Film Festival, this powerful film by writer-director July Jung presents a stunning reflection on immigration, rural life, addiction and abuse—and the heartbreak of finding no safe refuge in family or law. Young-Nam, an outsider with an unspoken scandal, is sent from Seoul to a small village to take over as police chief, and is soon drawn into the personal dramas of the locals. When her ex-lover arrives, Young-Nam’s defense of a girl in the town becomes suspect. Doona Bae (Cloud Atlas, Jupiter Ascending, Sense8), revered as one of the best actors of our time and a “performer who can convey everything that needs to be said,” is luminous in her portrayal of a woman stubbornly seeking justice, even as she drinks a little too much shoju on the side. Kim Sae-ron is also exceptional as Dohee, capably maneuvering extremely satisfying plot twists while embodying the brutality she’s lived through at the hands of her father. A beautifully done, sometimes disturbing, and ultimately exquisite film, July Jung’s A Girl at My Door captures the fantasies and hopes of two people finding hard-won redemption.
The movie plays at 8:00 pm on the 18th and 20th, both nights at the McConomy Auditorium in the Jared L. Cohon Center on the Carnegie Mellon University campus (map). Tickets are available on the Silk Screen Film Festival website.