Director in person for Q&A at both screenings!
In his playful first feature, Lee Kwang-kuk (previously assistant director to Korean auteur Hong Sang-soo) expertly weaves several narrative strands into an elegant web and a meditation on storytelling. Viewers find themselves down the rabbit hole in this tale of a filmmaker in search of a story; the intertwined narratives confound and displace expectations, to the point where it seems the film might be narrated by a dead character—but never mind. Lee is in full control, starting the roller coaster with a young, self-possessed barmaid in a remote inn who, in lieu of payment, recalls the time she met a suicidal guy called Romance Joe. Thank you to the Korea Society.