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  • Pouring Praise on ‘Poetry’ and Yoon Jeong Hee in Cannes
  • [2010-05-24]


  • Actress Yoon Jeong Hee and director Lee Chang Dong attended the preview of “Poetry”

    In France, where the 63rd Cannes Film Festival is being held, people in the international movie industry are showing a tremendous response to the movie “Poetry,” which is directed by Lee Chang Dong and stars Yoon Jeong Hee.

    After the press preview had finished on May 19 (local time), the foreign press and important world-renowned movie websites have given favorable comments on the movie “Poetry” and there are even predictions that “Poetry” might achieve something big.

    Agence France-Press wrote an article entitled "Korean cocktail of crime and poetry stuns Cannes." In the article, it reported the atmosphere of Cannes by saying, "An unlikely brew of teenage gang-rape and poetry stirred Cannes and firmed Asia's shot at the festival's top prize as Korean director Lee Chang-Dong's 'Poetry' screened."

    The press continued, "A classic morality tale, the 140-minute movie dazzled hardened Cannes critics, strengthening the hand of the powerful contingent of Asian films competing for the Palme d'Or."

    The article evaluated that director Lee Change Dong has portrayed one side of the lives of Koreans in the movie and elevated the movie to a higher grade when he cast Yoon Jeong Hee --"a doyenne in the Korean movie industry"-- who made a comeback after 16 years. 

    Film industry news provider "Screen Daily" also evaluated the movie by saying, "'Poetry' is director Lee Chang Dong's quietest and most thematically complete film to date." It continued, "The movie 'Poetry' charts a grandmother’s attempt to write a single poem, while she deals with a failing body and mind, and the terrible consequences of her teenage grandson’s irresponsibility."
     

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