ON THE BEACH AT NIGHT ALONE
Directed by Hong Sangsoo
2017, 101 minutes
Art imitates life in this quietly devastating masterpiece from Hong Sangsoo. Kim Minhee (The Handmaiden, Right Now, Wrong Then)—in the role that won her the Silver Bear for best actress in Berlin—plays Younghee, an actress reeling in the aftermath of an affair with a married film director. Younghee visits Hamburg then returns to Korea, but as she meets with friends and has her fair share to drink, increasingly startling confessions emerge.
No stranger to mining his own experience for his films, Hong, whose real-life affair with Kim stirred up a media frenzy in Korea, here confronts his personal life with a newfound emotional directness. With an incredibly raw and vulnerable performance from Kim at its center, On the Beach at Night Alone is one of the most dynamic collaborations between director and performer in contemporary cinema.
Subjects & Collections
Festivals & Awards
Winner - Best Actress - Berlin Film Festival
Official Selection - New York Film Festival
Official Selection - San Francisco International Film Festival
Official Selection - Chicago Film Festival
Official Selection - BFI Film Festival
Official Selection - Viennale
"'On the Beach' feels more raw and personal than some of Mr. Hong's other work."
- A.O. Scott, The New York Times
"There's a dark romanticism powering Hong Sangsoo's furious, tautly controlled, yet coolly comedic drama."
- Richard Brody, The New Yorker
"Poignant and witty... a fascinating sublimation of autobiography into Hong’s precise creative terms."
- Eric Kohn, Indiewire
"As gut-wrenching, funny, and formally freewheeling as anything in recent cinema."
- Dan Sullivan, Film Comment
"An equality between performer and director which I haven’t experienced before in a film...I think it's Hong Sangsoo's best."
- Neil Bahadur, MUBI Notebook
"Touchingly direct...The beauty of Hong’s latest lies in how piercingly affecting it feels even if one isn’t aware of the personal circumstances surrounding it."
- Kenji Fujishima, Slant
"Hong’s most compelling character to date, which is appropriate, as he knows her best of all."
- Jordan Cronk, Cinema Scope
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.
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.
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?
HOTEL BY THE RIVER
An aging poet, Younghwan, summons his two estranged sons 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 out walking in the new-fallen snow and is struck by their angelic beauty.
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.
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.