View this screening in-person in the Wattis Theater. SFMOMA film programmer, Gina Basso, invited photographer Diana Markosian to select a film that resonated with her exhibition Santa Barbara, a body of work that reflects her family’s experience immigrating to the United States from Russia. Markosian’s selection, Lee Isaac Chung’s Minari, follows headstrong father Jacob (Steven Yeun) as he leads his family’s pursuit of the American dream in this elegiac study of Korean immigrants living in the South during the 1980s. This story of immigration and the rural setting stems from Chung’s own experience growing up on an Arkansas farm. Both resonate with Markosian’s story of her family’s move to the United States, a place built on mythologies, but where dreams often remain elusive. Markosian recently photographed the film’s lead actor, Steven Yeun, for the cover of GQ magazine.
Lee Isaac Chung, 2020, 115 mins. Color. Sound. Digital. In Korean and English, with subtitles.
Screens courtesy of A24 films.