HOTEL BY THE RIVER (narrative)
Directed by Hong Sangsoo
2019, 96 minutes
An aging poet, Younghwan (Ki Joobong), summons his two estranged sons (Kwon Haehyo and Yu Junsang) to a solitary hotel beside the Han River because he feels his death is near. While waiting for them to arrive, he meets two women (Kim Minhee and Song Seonmi) out walking in the new-fallen snow and is struck by their angelic beauty. But the women have come to the hotel to do some healing of their own. As Younghwan moves between the women and his bickering sons, he also moves between his two minds: one that walks on the street and the other that communes with the eternal.
Shooting in gauzy black-and-white with a strikingly untethered hand-held camera, South Korean master Hong Sangsoo interweaves the various dramas of his characters in a quiet, straightforward way. But small coincidences and privileged moments combine to create a powerful meditation on family and death, one of the most affecting films in Hong’s oeuvre.
Subjects & Collections
Festivals & Awards
Winner - Best Actor - Locarno International Film Festival
Official Selection - The New York Film Festival
Official Selection - Viennale
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.
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?