In a year where most studio awards-hopefuls have abandoned 2020, indie gems like Minari could become major contenders in this year’s Oscar race.
From writer/director Lee Isaac Chung, Minari is the story of Korean immigrants who look to forge a new life on a farm in rural Arkansas. (See trailer above.)
Inspired by Chung’s own childhood experiences, Minari was a breakout film at January’s Sundance Film Festival. It stars The Walking Dead alum Steven Yeun, an actor on the ascent who received several year-end critics awards in 2018 for his stark supporting turn in the Korean thriller Burning.
Co-starring Will Patton as a neighboring farmer, a release date has not been set by distributor A24, but a 2020 Oscar-qualifying run is expected.