Filmmaker Jo Munkyung plans to leave Seoul to live in Canada. So days before his departure, he meets his close friend Bang Jungshik, who is a film critic. After a few rounds, they find out coincidentally, they have both been to the same small seaside town Tong-yung recently. They decide to reveal their accounts of the trip over drinks, under the condition that they only stick to pleasant memories. Not realizing that they were in the same place, at the same time, and with the same people, the two men’s reminiscence of a hot summer infolds like a catalogue of memories. By the director of Tale of Cinema, Woman on the Beach, Night and Day, Like You Know it All. –Cannes Film Festival
A regular on the international festival circuit, Hong Sang-soo is one of Korea’s most highly regarded contemporary directors. His mostly improvised, innovatively constructed films conceal rich layers of meaning beneath deceptively simple surfaces, and reveal a filmmaker with a unique, individual style. A rather notorious figure on the Seoul film scene, Hong has a fondness for alcohol that is almost as legendary as his talent for filmmaking. He’s been known to get familiar with his actors before shooting by taking them on drinking binges, and, for verisimilitude, the many drinking scenes in his films normally include actually drunk performers (who sometimes don’t remember these scenes after they’ve been shot).
Born in 1960, Hong began his film studies at Joongang University in Korea, then moved to the United States, where he received his BFA from the California College of Arts and Crafts and his MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. His debut feature, The Day a… read more
I love this film's looseness, its spontaneity, the way it draws emotions organically and without manipulation. Window into a distant way of life, often beautiful and always speaking to the universal. The past is more real than the present and life is strange, so why not just drink and laugh about it all?
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Claire Denis, president of the Un Certain Regard jury (see the Cannes interview) has announced that the top award goes to Hong Sang-soo