|Global Visions series features Korean film|
"Woman is the Future of Man," a Korean film, will be shown at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 27, in the Memorial Union Lecture Bowl.
The Global Visions film series brings an exciting array of films to the community of Grand Forks for the fourth consecutive year. All films are free and open to the public and are held Tuesday evenings at 7 p.m. in the Lecture Bowl, Memorial Union.
Two films are shown each month; they are sponsored by the Department of Anthropology and are funded by the Multicultural Awareness Committee. Global Visions Film Series is currently the only venue in Grand Forks to show independent films from around the world. Last fall, the series presented films from South Africa, Senegal, India, France, Ireland, and Korea; this spring, the series continues with films from a variety of global settings that include the United States, Sri-Lanka, Russia, and Spain.
A sense of loss permeates the wonderfully titled South Korean film, "Woman Is the Future of Man," where memory, desire and raw self-interest clash against one another with startling poignancy. A story about two men and the woman they separately possessed and then each abandoned, the film was directed by Hong Sang-soo, one of the most exciting and authentically individual filmmakers to emerge on the world stage recently. Wreathed in a profound melancholy, Mr. Hong's films lyrically explore the limits of subjectivity, both its pathos and its dangers, often through different viewpoints that don't so much cancel one another out as add another tile to the mosaic of existence. "Woman Is the Future of Man" is Mr. Hong in a minor key. Some 40 years ago, when Michelangelo Antonioni was the subject of adult conversation and mainstream debate, a film like "Woman Is the Future of Man" would have slipped easily into a New York art house. Mr. Hong is not yet the equal of Mr. Antonioni, but it has become increasingly difficult to see intellectually stimulating, aesthetically bold films like this in American theaters. — Manohla Dargis, The New York Times.
-- Marcia Mikulak, Assistant Professor, Anthropology, firstname.lastname@example.org, 77704718