Film Screening

Secret Sunshine

Directed by Lee, Chang Dong
24 April 2009

Secret Sunshine directed by the Special Director's Prize and Asian Film Award winner, Lee Changdong, centres around a lady who has to cope with the death of her husband and child. The Korean title (Milyang or Miryang), refers to the city in which the film was shot. Secret Sunshine opens on a fable: a gentle young widow, a piano teacher, relocates to a small-town called Miryang for a new start. She goes to a Miryang with her child. It is her husband's hometown and the early signs are promising: people seem welcoming, the pharmacist smiles at her, and her small son adapts to his new school. She also meets a car mechanic - a lumbering awkward man - who trails her faithfully. But things are not as they seem and her life takes a tragic turn. When tragedy strikes, one local man stands by her through all of her struggles and tries to offer her hope. Secret Sunshine is mysterious and terrifying. At times, it feels like a thriller, with surprising twists, but it has a hidden core. It is a story of faith, how it can enter a life and how it can vanish. In May 2007, the film was one of 20 films competing in the Featured Films competition at the 2007 Cannes Film Festival. Jeon Do-yeon won the Prix d'interprétation féminine du Festival de Cannes (Best Actress). In the second Asian Film Awards, the film won Best Picture, Best Director, and Best Actress.
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