‘Minari’ wins best foreign language film at Critics Choice Awards

March 8, 2021

 ”Minari,” a drama film about a Korean American immigrant family, has won two prizes, including best foreign language film, at this year’s Critics Choice Awards.

In the awarding ceremony of the annual 26th Critics Choice Awards held Sunday (U.S. time), the best foreign language film award went to “Minari,” directed by Korean American Lee Isaac Chung, beating “Another Round,” “Collective,” “La Llorona,” “The Life Ahead” and “Two Of Us.”

biographical film has received the honor given to the best non-English film of the year for two straight weeks following the one from the Golden Globe Awards last week.

Also, Alan Kim, who portrays the seven-year-old grandson, David, known to be the stand-in for director Chung, was the winner of the best young actor/actress category among five other youth nominees, including Helena Zengel from “News of the World.”

“Minari” was nominated in 10 categories of the Critics Choice Awards, including best picture, best director and best supporting actress, but it won only two of them. Chinese American director Chloe Zhao’s “Nomadland,” meanwhile, was named best picture and best director.

Starring Steven Yeun, Han Yeri and Youn Yuh-jung, the movie tells the story of a Korean immigrant family that moves to Arkansas in the 1980s and sets up a farm to pursue their own American dream.

“Minari” is titled after the namesake watery vegetable used in many Korean dishes. It is tough enough to survive everywhere and robust in flavor, serving as a metaphor for the family who struggles and survives in the new world to realize their dream.