Tales of Cinema: Hong Sangsoo

February 3–18, 2023

 “Hong Sangsoo’s films seize the material of everyday life in the service of exploring psychology and metaphysics in elegant, subtly profound ways” (Lincoln Center) as revealed in three double-bills and a recent film.

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  • The Day He Arrives

  • In Front of Your Face

  • The Day After

  • Oki’s Movie

  • Right Now, Wrong Then

  • Tale of Cinema

  • The Power of Kangwon Province

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  • Oki’s Movie

    Hong Sangsoo
    South Korea, 2010
    • Friday, February 3 6:30 PM
    Introduced by Dennis Lim

    A film school provides the appropriate landscape for this caustic look at cinema, relationships, and points of view. A “casually brilliant feat of storytelling, akin to an ingeniously wrought suite of literary short fiction” (New York Times).

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  • Tale of Cinema

    Hong Sangsoo
    South Korea, 2005
    • Friday, February 3 8:30 PM
    Introduced by Dennis Lim

    A film on two impromptu lovers and their suicide pact turns into another film entirely in Hong’s early deconstruction of narrative, reality, and cinema. “One of the filmmaker’s major touchstones” (New Yorker).

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  • The Day He Arrives 

    Hong Sangsoo
    South Korea, 2011
    • Saturday, February 4 5 PM
    Introduced by Dennis Lim

    Four characters in search of a drink find themselves in the same bar again and again in Hong’s most Buñuelian take on the desire for human connection. “A soju-fueled cross between Last Year at Marienbad and Groundhog Day” (Artforum).

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  • The Day After

    Hong Sangsoo
    South Korea, 2017
    • Saturday, February 4 7:30 PM
    Introduced by Dennis Lim

    A literary office is the fitting setting as a philandering middle-aged publisher, his pissed-off wife, and a mystified new office assistant wonder if words can create reality—or take the edge off it anyway. “A lovely, intricately fractured story” (New York Times).

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  • Right Now, Wrong Then 

    Hong Sangsoo
    South Korea, 2015
    • Saturday, February 11 7:30 PM

    The fine line between love and missed connection is played then replayed in this story of a traveling film director and the young painter he befriends during one long day’s journey into an inevitably soju-tainted evening.

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  • The Power of Kangwon Province

    Hong Sangsoo
    South Korea, 1998
    • Saturday, February 11 5 PM

    The beauty of Korea’s Kangwon vacation hotspot desperately competes with the vainglory of its visitors in Hong’s philosophical diptych on modern love and loneliness. “A coolly bracing drama of the mysterious bonds of lovers” (Richard Brody, New Yorker).  

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  • In Front of Your Face

    Hong Sangsoo
    South Korea, 2021
    • Saturday, February 18 7:30 PM

    A former actress returns to Seoul to reconnect with her past. “Intimate and fluid . . . [a] serenely passionate deployment of art as resistance to mortality” (Richard Brody, New Yorker).

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