Lee's 'Poetry' gets U.S., France distribution

Korean director aiming for a foreign-language Oscar

SEOUL – Lee Chang-dong’s “Poetry,” which won the best screenplay at the 63rd Cannes Film Festival, will be released in the fall in the U.S. as Kino Lorber, a New-York based distributor, bought the film’s U.S. rights, co-producer Uni Korea reported said.

The film is aiming for a best foreign-language film Oscar, according to the film’s producer. Kino Lorber has previously distributed arthouse Asian films including Wong Kar-wai’s “Happy Together” and Im Sang-soo’s “President’s Last Bang.”

Separately, "Poetry" was picked up by distributors in nine other countries including France’s Diaphana.

“Poetry” is a story of 60-something woman and an amateur poet who tries to explore the true meaning of life and beauty as she learns about a disturbing incident surrounding her grandson.

Lee's fifth feature film, “Poetry” will be the director's first theater release in the United States.
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