Advance screening of Korean film Poetry in NYC Feb. 9

The following press release from Poets House just came over the transom, and I thought it might be of interest to those in the New York City area. —Dave

Poets House is delighted to present an advance screening of the new, award-winning Korean film Poetry with an introduction and discussion by film critic Michael Atkinson. A reception to follow.

Wednesday, February 9, 2011, 6pm

Poets House, 10 River Terrace, at Murray Street

This event is FREE FOR POETS HOUSE MEMBERS. To renew your Poets House membership, click here. $10 for the general public.

RSVP by Friday, February 4, 2011 to or by phone 212-431-7920, ext. 2832. (Email strongly preferred.)

Advance praise for the film Poetry

Advance praise for the film Poetry

“An extraordinary vision of human empathy.” – Manohla Dargis, The New York Times

“A life-size movie about loss and self-discovery.” – Wesley Morris, The Boston Globe

Acclaimed Korean director Lee Chang-dong (“a major figure in world cinema” – The New York Times) follows his award-winning Secret Sunshine with the story of another woman raising a child on her own.

Mija (an extraordinary performance by veteran actress Yun Jung-hee) is a proper, sixty-ish woman struggling to provide for her adolescent grandson. Faced with the discovery of a heinous family crime, she finds strength and purpose upon enrolling in a poetry class — a creative process that allows her to understand and escape her own pain.

Best Screenplay winner at the Cannes International Film Festival and an official selection at the New York, Toronto and Telluride Film Festivals, Poetry is a masterful study of the subtle empowerment of an indefatigable woman.

Poetry opens in New York City on February 11. Click here for the film’s official page.

MICHAEL ATKINSON is a former film critic for The Village Voice and has written for The Believer, Spin, Details, LA Weekly, The Boston Phoenix, The Stranger, Interview, and more. He is also the author of five books, and he lectures on film history and screenwriting at C.W. Post/Long Island University and New York University.

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