THE WOMAN WHO RAN
A film by Hong Sangsoo
2020, 77 minutes
The 24th feature from Hong Sangsoo, THE WOMAN WHO RAN follows Gamhee (Kim Minhee), who has three separate encounters with friends while her husband is on a business trip. Youngsoon (Seo Youngwha) is divorced, has given up meat and likes to garden in her backyard. Suyoung (Song Seonmi) has a crush on her architect neighbor and is being hounded by a young poet she met at the bar. Woojin (Kim Saebyuk) works for a movie theater. Their meeting is polite, but strained. Before long, their shared history bubbles to the surface.
With characteristic humor and grace, Hong takes a simple premise and spins a web of interconnecting philosophies and coincidences. THE WOMAN WHO RAN is a subtle, powerful look at dramas small and large faced by women everywhere.
Subjects & Collections
Festivals & Awards
Winner - Silver Bear - Best Director - Berlin Film Festival
Official Selection - New York Film Festival
"Elegant, dryly funny and quietly moving."
-Manohla Dargis, The New York Times
"Working with characteristic wit and sly structural repetitions, [Hong] brings this deft, unassuming story to a startlingly emotional place."
-Justin Chang, Los Angeles Times
"A bittersweet rumination on female friendships, beautifully anchored by [Hong’s] regular muse Kim Min-hee, and featuring a feline cameo for the ages."
-Guy Lodge, The Guardian
"The best film of the year."
-James Quandt, ArtForum
A refreshingly sunny performance from Isabelle Huppert (The Piano Teacher, Elle) is at the center of this comic charmer from South Korean Master Hong Sangsoo. Intricately plotted with wit and charm to spare, CLAIRE'S CAMERA explores the power of images to transform us.
THE DAY AFTER
An official selection of the Cannes Film Festival, The Day After begins as a darkly hilarious story of a man embroiled in extramarital entanglements but soon shifts—in a way only Hong can manage—into a heartfelt portrayal of a young woman on a quest for spiritual fulfillment.
Winner for Best Screenplay at Berlin Film Festival. For his twenty-fifth feature as director and his first as cinematographer, Hong Sangsoo offers a simple tale of young people on the edge of adulthood. Introduction cuts to the essence of who we are as people, like an unexpected hug on a winter's day.
THE DAY HE ARRIVES
A heartbreaking and hilarious film of repeating patterns and circumstance, The Day He Arrives, from the celebrated Korean auteur Hong Sangsoo, is a meditation on relationships, filmmaking, and the unknowable forces that govern our lives. An official selection of the Cannes Film Festival.
ON THE BEACH AT NIGHT ALONE
From master director Hong Sangsoo comes his most personal film to date, On The Beach at Night Alone. Starring Kim Minhee ()—in the role that won her the Silver Bear for best actress in Berlin.
YOURSELF AND YOURS
When painter Youngsoo (Kim Joohyuk) learns that his girlfriend, Minjung (Lee Yooyoung), was recently seen having drinks with another man, he cant help but question her about it. It doesnt go well and they part on bad terms. The next day, Youngsoo tries to find her, but cant. As he wanders and frets, Minjung has a series of encounters with other men. But to them it seems shes not herself.
HOTEL BY THE RIVER
In the corner of a small café, Areum sits typing on her laptop. At the tables around her, other customers enact the various dramas of their lives. Is she merely writing what she hears? Or is she hearing what’s been written?