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'Minari' wins best foreign-language film at Golden Globes

All News 11:57 March 01, 2021

SEOUL, March 1 (Yonhap) -- The drama film "Minari" about a Korean-American immigrant family was named the best foreign language film at the U.S. Golden Globe Awards on Monday (Korean time).

In a ceremony held virtually, "Minari" won the best motion picture in foreign language, beating "Another Round" from Denmark, "La Llorona" from Guatemala, "The Life Ahead" from Italy and "Two of Us" from the France.

It is the second year in a row that a Korean-language film won the category of the accolades given by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA), following Bong Joon-ho's Oscar-winning "Parasite" last year.

This image provided by Pancinema shows a scene from "Minari." (PHOTO NOT FOR SALE) (Yonhap)

"Minari," written and directed by Korean-American director Lee Isaac Chung, tells the story of a Korean immigrant family that moves to Arkansas in the 1980s and sets up a farm to pursue its own American dream.

Since its debut at the Sundance film festival last year, Chung's semi-autobiographical film has gained steam as an award contender in the runup to the Academy Awards slated for April.

It has earned a number of titles and nominations from U.S. film awards over the past year, including prizes for best ensemble, best actor and best supporting actress from the Screen Actors Guild awards.

At the same time, "Minari" has been at the center of a controversy in the U.S., as HFPA has put it in the best foreign-language film category, not in best picture, citing that its dialogue is mostly in Korean.

Many Korean-Americans and others with Asian origins in the U.S. entertainment circle have complained about the decision, saying that "Minari" is about an American family made by a U.S. director and production company.

brk@yna.co.kr
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