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Oklahoma-filmed family drama ‘Minari’ to open France’s Deauville American Film Festival

Although the story is set in Arkansas, the film lensed in Oklahoma. It began principal photography in the city of Tulsa last July and employed more than 170 Oklahoma industry members, while utilizing the services of a number of local businesses for production requirements such as equipment rentals, lodging and catering. According to the Oklahoma Film + Music Office, Tulsa served as the primary production hub for “Minari,” which filmed throughout the city and surrounding areas, including Sand Springs, Skiatook, Broken Arrow and Rose, over the course of five weeks.

The film stars Steven Yeun (“The Walking Dead,” “Okja,” “Burning”), Han Yeri (“Sea Fog”), Youn Yuh Jung (“Sense 8”), Will Patton (“Halloween,” “Armageddon”), and Scott Haze (“Thank You for Your Service”). Newcomer Alan Kim plays David. 

A24 financed the film, with Shawnee-born Brad Pitt’s company Plan B producing, according to an autumn news release. The film is an American production with dialogue mostly in Korean. 

“Minari” earned rave reviews at Sundance, and it is the kind of independent film that is expected to build on the momentum of critically acclaimed and commercially successful dramas like “Parasite” and “The Farewell.” 

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The 46th Deauville American Film Festival is set for Sept. 4-13, and per Variety, the fest will enforce strict health guidelines to guard against the spread of COVID-19. 

-BAM 


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