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Showing Up

Kelly REICHARDT

  • United States
  • 2022
  • 108min
  • 12 +
  • DCP
  • color

Asian Premiere

SYNOPSIS

Lizzy, a talented sculptor who is preparing to open a new show, must balance her creative life with the daily dramas of family and friends. Lizzy’s landlord and a rival artist Jo frequently spars with her. She has to go to see her brother Sean, who is in mentally unstable condition. Can Lizzy make it through to the opening of her show? Kelly Reichardt’s vibrant and captivatingly funny portrait of art, craft and life, Showing Up premiered at the Cannes Film Festival 2022. 

PROGRAM NOTE

Showing Up features an artist as the main character, but it is far from a winding narrative or dramatic event. Ahead of opening a new show, Lizzy is troubled by small matters. Jo, an artist and her landlord, ignores the heater breakdown. Each of the scattered family members causes Lizzy anxiety and worry. There is not much time left for the exhibition, but there is not enough time to concentrate on the work. Her annoyance and insecurity piles up, but no one around her notices it. Like most of Kelly Reichardt's protagonists, Lizzy is quite a solitary character. Like those passing through the scenery of Oregon and Montana without any certainty, Lizzy is also slowly passing through a certain period in her life. And another thing in common is that they have animals to give their heart to and nurture. After looking at the 19th-century American landscape through a film First Cow (2019), Reichardt, one of the most influential female directors of our time, made this film that captures the activities of local artists and their endlessly crafting lives in the small city of Portland, Oregon. What stands out in Showing Up is the constant hand movement that works with ordinary materials around us, such as clay, fabric, and thread. For the characters in the movie, art is accomplished through such daily repetition. The solid sympathy of the story of an ordinary artist who perseveres at the workstation daily, not a great and famous master, resonates with the 25th SIWFF slogan, “We Are So Persistent!” Through Showing Up, the audience will be able to face the simple yet wonderful time of everyday life protected by the movements of touching, walking, caring, and working every day. [Programmer SON Sinae]

schedule

Code Time Theater Grade
001 2023-08-24 | 17:30 - Korean Film Archive Cinematheque KOFA Screening 2
329 2023-08-27 | 20:00 - 21:48 Korean Film Archive Cinematheque KOFA Screening 2
503 2023-08-29 | 13:30 - 15:18 Korean Film Archive Cinematheque KOFA Screening 2

Director

  • Kelly REICHARDT

    Kelly Reichardt is an award-winning American film director and screenwriter. After her feature debut, River of Grass (1994), she subsequently directed a series of films such as Wendy and Lucy (2008), Meek’s Cutoff (2010), Certain Women (2016), and First Cow (2019) to explore the theme of American scenery, rural communities, and marginalized beings. She previously taught at New York University, SUNY Buffalo, Columbia University, and the School of Visual Arts, and has been teaching as an Artist-in-Residence at Bard College since 2006.

Credit

  • ProducerNeil KOPP, Vincent SAVINO, Anish SAVJANI
  • Cast Michelle WILLIAMS, Hong CHAU
  • Screenwriter Jonathan RAYMOND, Kelly REICHARDT
  • Cinematographer Christopher BLAUVELT
  • Editor Kelly REICHARDT
  • Production Design Anthony GASPARRO

CONTACT

Park Circus | Evie KORZEC | Evie.korzec@parkcircus.com