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Hong Sang-soo

The Novelist's Film (소설가의 영화)

Focus on Korean Cinema 92' - 2022 - Drama - Dialogue: Korean
Director: Hong Sang-soo Composer: Hong Sang-soo With: Lee Hye-yeong, Kim Min-hee, Seo Young-hwa
South Korean director Hong Sang-soo sensually celebrates the pleasant coincidences of life. A new black-and-white, tragicomic gem from the auteur filmmaker who is expanding his impressive oeuvre year by year.
Jun-hee, a celebrated novelist suffers from writer's block and decides to make a film. She quickly finds an actor and a cameraman, but has no idea what she wants to tell. "The story is not important", she says to a friend. The Novelist's Film consists of a series of encounters Jun-hee has with: a friend with whom she is estranged and runs a bookshop, a celebrated director who has struggled with the adaptation of one of Jun-hee's novels, and a famous actress. What follows are conversations about art and life, about film and alcohol – obviously the latter is ever-present. The film – winner of the Silver Bear at the Berlinale – pleads for letting go and daring to do nothing. Something director (and screenwriter, producer, editor, cameraman and composer) Hong Sang-soo himself seems unable to do. This is his ninth film in five years.
“Working in unusually high-contrast black and white, The Novelist’s Film is a springy, slight treat that wryly comments on the filmmaking world. Hong Sang-soo eschews neat plotting and narrative arcs with another gorgeous, meandering film that’s rich with imperfect musings on life and art.” - Sight & Sound

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Credits

Director

Hong Sang-soo

Composer

Hong Sang-soo

With

Lee Hye-yeong, Kim Min-hee, Seo Young-hwa

Scenario

Hong Sang-soo

Director of Photography

Hong Sang-soo

Editor

Hong Sang-soo

Producer

Hong Sang-soo

Production studios

Jeonwonsa Film

More information

Dialogue

Korean

Countries of production

South Korea

Year

2022

Filmography

Hong Sang-soo
The Day a Pig Fell Into the Well (1996), The Power of Kangwon Province (1998), Virgin Stripped Bare by Her Bachelors (2000), On the Occasion of Remembering the Turning Gate (2002), Woman Is the Future of Man (2004), Tale of Cinema (2005), Woman on the Beach (2006), Night and Day (2008), Lost in the Mountains (short, 2009), Like You Know It All (2009), Hahaha (2010), Oki's Movie (2010), List (short, 2011), The Day He Arrives (2011), In Another Country (2012), Venice 70: Future Reloaded (2013), Nobody's Daughter Haewon (2013), Our Sunhi (2013), Hill of Freedom (2014), Right Now, Wrong Then (2015), Yourself and Yours (2016), On the Beach at Night Alone (2017), Claire's Camera (2017), The Day After (2017), Grass (2018), Hotel by the River (2018), The Woman Who Ran (2020), Introduction (2021), In Front of Your Face (2021), The Novelist's Film (2022), Walk Up (2022)

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