Sat Jan 19 at 1pm at the Michigan. Part of the KOREAN CINEMA NOW Film Series presented by the Nam Center for Korean Studies. Free and open to the public!

Perhaps the most impressive Korean debut at Busan this year, the thoughtful and entertaining Microhabitat is a convincing showcase for star Esom and and an even more impressive calling card for director Jeon Go-woon, who becomes the first woman in the Gwanghwamun Cinema group to helm a feature, and her debut may well be the collective’s best yet. Miso is a 31-year-old housekeeper who lives strategically on a small budget but leaves enough aside for her daily vices, which includes a pack of cigarettes and a glass of whiskey. When New Year’s Day in 2014 brings about a 2,000 won ($2) across-the-board price hike on cigarettes, rather than cut back on the habit, she gives up having a roof over her head and begins to surf through the couches of her old college friends.

2017 | 106 Minutes | Directed by Go-woon Jeon | In Korean with English subtitles

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