The cinema of Hong Sangsoo returns to the Film Society of Lincoln Center next month with Hotel by the River, opening here exclusively on February 15. An official Main Slate selection of the 56th New York Film Festival, Hong’s film is an affecting examination of family, mortality, and the ways in which we attempt to heal wounds old and fresh. Ahead of the release, we’re pleased to premiere the U.S. trailer, courtesy of Cinema Guild.
See below, along with the beautiful poster, and get tickets here.
Two tales intersect at a riverside hotel: an elderly poet (Ki Joo-bong), invited to stay there for free by the owner, summons his two estranged sons, sensing his life drawing to a close; and a young woman (Kim Min-hee) nursing a recently broken heart is visited by a friend who tries to console her. At times these threads overlap, at others they run tantalizingly close to each other. Using a stark black-and-white palette and handheld cinematography (with frequent DP Kim Hyung-ku), Hong crafts an affecting examination of family, mortality, and the ways in which we attempt to heal wounds old and fresh. An NYFF56 selection. A Cinema Guild release.
Hotel by the River opens at FSLC on February 15. Showtimes + tickets.