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Free Screening of Treeless Mountain

WRITER-DIRECTOR: So Yong Kim / CAST: Hee Yeon Kim, Song Hee Kim, Soo Ah Lee, Mi Hyang Kim, Boon Tak Park / An Oscilloscope Laboratories release (In Korean with English subtitles) / 89 min.

Tuesday, June 02, 2009
7:30 PM
James Bridges Theater
Melnitz Hall
Los Angeles, CA 90095

Melnitz Movies, in co-sponsorship with the Asia Institute, presents TREELESS MOUNTAIN, the acclaimed new film from director So Yong Kim. When their mother needs to leave in order to find their estranged father, seven year-old Jin and her younger sister Bin are left to live with their aunt for the summer. With only a small piggy bank and their mother’s promise to return when it is full, the two young girls are forced to acclimate to changes in their family life. Counting the days, and the coins, the two bright-eyed girls eagerly anticipate their mother’s homecoming. But when the bank fills up, and with their mother still not back, the girls’ aunt decides that she can no longer tend to the children. Taken to live on their grandparents’ farm, it is here that Jin comes to learn the importance of family bonds in this beautiful, meditative, and though-provoking film. (In Korean with English subtitles, 89 min.)

“TREELESS MOUNTAIN is simply one of the best films about childhood ever made.” -Melissa Anderson, VILLAGE VOICE

“Lovely. An unsentimental and delicately observed portrayal of the quiet resilience of children. Tremendously affecting performances.” -Gavin Smith, FILM COMMENT

“Poignant. So Yong Kim’s lens seems to be absorbing life rather than just recording it.” –A.O. Scott, NEW YORK TIMES

“Life-affirming. Beautifully natural performances.” -Robert Koehler, VARIETY

ADMISSION: Free ticket required, one ticket per person. Box office opens at 6:30pm.
PARKING: $9 in parking lot 3, in the northeast part of the UCLA campus.
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Cost : Free

Daniel Steinhart

Sponsor(s): Asia Institute

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