THE NOVELIST'S FILM
Directed by Hong Sangsoo
2022, 92 minutes
Junhee (Lee Hyeyoung, last seen in Hong’s In Front of Your Face) is a novelist who's grown disenchanted with her own writing. On a trip to see an old friend, she runs into a film director who was set to adapt one of her novels before the project fell through. One chance encounter leads to another and soon she finds herself having lunch with Kilsoo (Kim Minhee), a well-known actress also questioning her role as an artist. It’s then that Junhee has an epiphany: she will make a film starring Kilsoo. It won’t be like other films. It will be the novelist’s film.
For his 27th feature, Hong holds a mirror up to his own artistic process and asks what exactly it is we’re looking for from a work of art. As his characters discuss their lives and work and the ways they intertwine, Hong sets down a sort of manifesto for his own inimitable oeuvre before exploding it (or perhaps fully realizing it) in a moving final flourish. With sparkling performances from Lee, Kim and an incredible cast of Hong regulars, The Novelist’s Film is a summation of Hong’s career-long artistic project, even as it signals bold new directions
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Festivals & Awards
Winner - Grand Jury Prize - Berlin Film Festival
Official Selection - New York Film Festival
"As close as Hong as come to dramatizing his own process."
- Dennis Lim, Tale of Cinema
"One of the director’s sweetest films, registering ultimately as a touchingly sincere tribute to his life in filmmaking, and to love discovered through art-making."
- Matt Turner, Little White Lies
"[A] focused, charming autofiction, well-structured yet open to the inspirations of serendipity...Hong has always given viewers the impression that he—or, rather, he and Kim—are making exactly the film they want to make, but rarely before “The Novelist’s Film” has it seemed to bring the two of them such pure bliss."
- Mark Asch, The Playlist
"[Hong's] most openly emotive and personal filmmaking to date... palpably life-affirming."
-Joshua Minsoo Kim, In Review Online
"Suggests that Hong has yet to exhaust his methods of deriving significance and beauty from the most quotidian of details, and perhaps that his strongest work is yet to come."
-Jake Cole, Slant
NOBODY'S DAUGHTER HAEWON
With her mother about to depart for a new life in Canada, college student Haewon is in quite a state. Haewon drifts in and out of dreams and has a series of encounters: with a professor who teaches in America and knows Martin Scorsese, with a friend locked in a long-term relationship with a married man, with a famous French actress.
An almost-romantic roundelay of comic attempts at understanding ensues when recent film school graduate Sunhi returns to her university while on campus, she runs into a professor, an ex-boyfriend and a film director who also graduated from the school. Each of the three men offer their advice on life and attempt to lay out the qualities that define her. From acclaimed director Hong Sangsoo.
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IN FRONT OF YOUR FACE
In her first role for Hong, Lee Hyeyoung, a prominent theater and screen actress in South Korea, makes a captivating return to the big screen. With In Front of Your Face, Hong suggests that perhaps the most important things in this life are also the most immediate.
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.
THE WOMAN WHO RAN
THE WOMAN WHO RAN is a subtle, powerful look at dramas small and large faced by women everywhere. With characteristic humor and grace, Hong takes a simple premise and spins a web of interconnecting philosophies and coincidences. Winner of the Silver Bear for Best Director at the Berlin Film Festival.
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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.
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.