After winning a major award at the Sundance Film Festival earlier this year, A24 is set to release Minaret. The first footage of the film was released in a trailer drop on Wednesday.
What is a ‘minaret’?
Minaret Director Lee Isaac Chang’s is a family drama film starring former stars Wal King Dead Star Steven Yen.
Here is the official description of the film:
A gentle and successful story about what originates from us, Minari follows a Korean-American family who go to a small Arkansas farm in search of their own American dream. The family home is completely transformed by the arrival of their sleek, foul-mouthed, but incredibly loving grandmother. In the midst of the instability and challenges of this new life in the rugged Ozarks, Minari demonstrates the undeniable resilience of the family and truly makes a home.
Apart from Yeon, the film also stars Yeri Han, Alan Kim, Noel Kate Cho, Scott Hayes,
With Yuh-Jung Yoon and Will Payton.
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At Sundance, the film won both the US Dramatic Grand Jury Prize and the US Dramatic Aud Dianes Award. He is part of a select group of seven films that have won both grand jury prizes and audience awards. Other films that have done this are Ryan Krogers Fruitwell Station, Lee Daniels’ Precious, And Damien Shezels Whiplash.
What the director and lead actor have said about the film.
In an interview with the Associated Press, Chung spoke about his inspiration for the film. The director used his childhood events as the basis of the film.
He said, ‘I wanted to shape the story of how this family wouldn’t make it, wouldn’t survive, would have different pockets.’ “It simply came to our notice then. Every family member has a shot of turn, growth and maturity. It wasn’t the traditional story of one hero but more: How can I make the whole family a hero? “
Une talked about how this was a different immigrant story than what was seen on-screen. This fact led him to the project.
“Sometimes it becomes an identity[s] The difference between how to reach out to others or how we view Americans, the actor said, “I’ve read a lot of scripts about immigrant families. Most of the time, they are revelatory or they provide an audience that isn’t even their own. When he does that, he loses his integrity and romanticizes in some ways, idealizing in other ways. When I read the script, I was like this: These humans are told with this sternness. “
Minaret Will be released soon by A24. No exact date is known yet.