Opening Film

Beau Is Afraid

Ari ASTER|USA, UK, Finland, Canada|2023|179min |Korean Premiere |18+

Code Time Theater Rate GV Ticketing
102 6/29  13:00 - 15:59 Korea Manhwa Museum 18 EVENT
101 6/29  19:00 - 23:19 Bucheon City Hall Lawn Square / Main Theater 18
102 6/29  13:00 - 15:59Korea Manhwa Museum
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101 6/29  19:00 - 23:19Bucheon City Hall Lawn Square / Main Theater
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Program Note

Beau Wasserman is a man-child trying to overcome his fears of virtually everything, including leaving his apartment. Finally on the way to take a flight to see his mother for her birthday, all hell breaks loose. He is stranded and injured in the process, and thus beginning his outrageous odyssey that gets progressively stranger as it continues. Upon finally arriving at his childhood home, Beau faces terrible memories and ugly secrets surging into him.
Told in four distinctive chapters, Beau Is Afraid is Ari Aster’s third feature, a truly original and ambitious tale of self-discovery that balances cerebral comedy with shocking visuals. The film questions the mother-son relationship, and one man’s struggles to grow up and be independent. An epic performance by Joaquin Phoenix as Beau effectively carries this fantastic story of a man’s struggle to overcome one horrendous obstacle after another, leading to a shocking conclusion that will be debated for many years to come. (Jongsuk Thomas NAM)


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Ari ASTER is an American film director, screenwriter, and producer. He is known for writing and directing the A24 horror films Hereditary and Midsommar. He earned the title of "Modern Horror Master" with just two films. Both of these films belong to a Trauma Duology that reflects director's own traumas. Hereditary was crafted based on the sorrow he experienced within his family, while Midsommar also garnered attention for its exploration of emotions stemming from his personal trauma of a breakup. He is also famous as Korean film enthusiast, and he has confessed to drawing a lot of inspiration from Korean films in his works. He has openly expressed a special affection for Korean cinema, even mentioning his reference to Korean films when contemplating the narrative delivery. His highly anticipated third film, Beau Is Afraid will meet Korean audiences as the opening film of BIFAN 2023.


Producer Ari ASTER, Lars KNUDSEN
Screenplay Ari ASTER
Cinematographer Pawel POGORZELSKI
Editor Lucian JOHNSTON
Music The Haxan Cloak
Production Design Fiona CROMBIE
Cast Joaquin PHOENIX, Nathan LANE, Amy RYAN