In Lee Isaac Chung’s drama, immigration should be considered through the lens of displacement and diaspora, with its characters exhibiting resilience rather than assimilation.
The acclaimed filmmaker remarked, “It’s still so shocking to me that in current times the big, white, strong man with the big voice holds any appeal to anybody.”
Never content to simply depict its characters as their mental health erodes, the film seeks to make the viewer feel like they too are actually on the same path with them.
On the heels of the film’s release, the director spoke with Hyperallergic’s Juan Barquin about navigating the gaps inherent to emigrating, adapting her personal narrative for both film and radio, and how life itself can be just as performative as the characters we watch on the big screen.
In Midsommar, being an ugly American could get you killed.