IN FRONT OF YOUR FACE
Directed by Hong Sangsoo
2021, 85 minutes
After years living abroad, former actress Sangok (Lee Hyeyoung) is back in Seoul, staying with her sister Jeongok (Cho Yunhee) in her high-rise apartment. The siblings sleep late, have breakfast in a cafe and visit a restaurant owned by Jeongok's son. But as the details of Sangok's day accrue (a spill on her blouse, an encounter at her childhood home), it becomes clear that there is much she is not revealing. And these mysterious circumstances have something to do with her decision to meet with film director Jaewon (Kwon Haehyo) to discuss her return to acting.
In her first role for Hong, Lee, 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.
Subjects & Collections
Festivals & Awards
Special Selection - Cannes Film Festival
Official Selection - New York Film Festival
"Intimate and fluid… [a] serenely passionate deployment of art as resistance to mortality."
-Richard Brody, The New Yorker
"Hong’s gift resides in part in his ability to inform potentially tedious tangents with a rapturous and seemingly effortlessly achieved intensity."
-Chuck Bowen, Slant
"One of the very best films from one of the very best filmmakers working today."
-Joshua Brunsting, Criterion Cast
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.
One of Hong Sangsoo's most structurally audacious films, Oki's Movie comprises four short films arranged in an almost nesting doll formation. An official selection of the New York 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.
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.
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.