As we watch our country—democracy and all—steadily crumble at our feet, it’s getting harder and harder to picture what the “American Dream” actually looks like. But as Lee Isaac Chung’s Sundance gem Minari is quick to remind us, America has long stood as a symbol of fresh beginnings and boundless potential for many immigrant families. Steven Yeun stars as a the patriarch of a Korean-American family that moves to a farm in a small rural town.
Here’s the movie’s official synopsis from A24:
A tender and sweeping story about what roots us, Minari follows a Korean-American family that moves to a tiny Arkansas farm in search of their own American Dream. The family home changes completely with the arrival of their sly, foul-mouthed, but incredibly loving grandmother. Amidst the instability and challenges of this new life in the rugged Ozarks, Minari shows the undeniable resilience of family and what really makes a home.
Minari—which also stars Yeri Han, Youn Yuh Jung, Will Patton , Alan Kim, Noel Kate Cho, Darryl Cox, and Esther Moon—is inspired by writer and director Chung’s own childhood. The Plan B Entertainment production won both the Grand Jury Prize and the Audience Award at Sundance, an honor bestowed upon award season favorites like Lee Daniels’ Precious and Damian Chazelle’s Whiplash. There is already early Oscar buzz surrounding the festival breakout, especially in regards to Yeun’s performance and its cinematography. And while A24 hasn’t confirmed a release date as of yet, the distributor does at least halfway assure that it will drop “no later than February 2021,” which would make it eligible for the 2021 Academy Awards.
But while you wait for that date to transpire, you can check out Minari’s breathtaking trailer below.