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Sunday, Mar 17, 2024 at 12:30 pm

Location: Redstone Theater

With director Kim Taeyang in person

Dir. Kim Taeyang. South Korea. 2023, 92 mins. DCP. In Korean with English subtitles. With Lee Myungha, Ha Seongguk, Park Bongjun, Baek Seungjin, Jung Suji. A young man (Ha) and woman (Lee), both unnamed, meet by chance in the historic Jongno district at the heart of Seoul. Former acquaintances, they walk for a while, exchanging musings on their former and present trajectories. He has just begun his studies at art school. She is a film scholar who lectures at the Seoul Cinema, an iconic movie theater that closed in 2021. In two succeeding chapters, divided by unspecified temporal leaps, we will revisit these characters as they in turn revisit Jongno’s landmarks, haunts, and byways, but much about them and the city will have changed beyond recognition. The contingent and unexpected transformations that people and places undergo over time is the theme of Kim Taeyang’s richly cryptic debut feature, which engenders a bittersweet sense of loss and hope. Filmed over four years in a walk-and-talk style that immaculately balances figure and landscape, Mimang invites comparison to the longitudinal strategies of Linklater and Apted, as well as the talky cinema of Rohmer and Hong Sang-soo, but hones a playfully plaintive poetry all its own. New York premiere

Preceded by: 
The Perfect Square
Dir. Gernot Wieland. Germany/Belgium. 2024, 8 mins. DCP. In Wieland’s elliptical film, a multi-year attempt to train birds to fly in geometric formations dissolves into a more philosophical reflection on the discrepancy between concept and reality and the desire for control and conformity embedded in Western society. North American premiere 

Tickets: $15 / $11 senior and students / $9 youth (ages 3–17) / discounted for MoMI members ($7–$11). There is a $1.50 transaction fee per ticket for all online purchases. The cost of admission may be applied toward a same-day purchase of a membership

Order tickets. Please pick up tickets at the Museum’s admissions desk upon arrival. All seating is general admission. 

About the filmmakers:

A person poses for a photo looking at cameraTaeyang Kim, born in Korea in 1988, studied Film at Konkuk University. He won the DMC Cornet Prize at the DMC Short Film Festival for Actors (2015). With his short film Snail (2020), he earned a special mention from the jury at the Busan International Short Film Festival, Best Director at Cheongju International Short Film Festival, and the Excellence Award at the Daegu Short Film Festival. He also won the Audience Award at the Seoul Independent Film Festival for his short film Seoul Cinema (2022).



black and white photo of a man smiling towards camera, posing for photoGernot Wieland, born in Horn, Austria, in 1968, has shown his works in museums such as Kindl – Centre of Contemporary Arts, Berlin; Künstlerhaus Bremen; Torrance Art Museum, Los Angeles; Kunstmuseum Bonn; Kunst Halle Sankt Gallen; Salzburger Kunstverein; BIENALSUR, 3rd Bienal Internacional de Arte Contemporáneo de America del Sur, Buenos Aires. Recent screenings include Short Film Festival Oberhausen; Videonale; IndieLisboa; European Media Art Festival; Kasseler Dokumentar, Film und Videofest; International Short Film Festival, Hamburg; IFFR— Rotterdam; and TIFF.