Free entry to Nobody’s Daughter Haewon for In Front of Your Face opening weekend ticket holders (May 6-8). Present your ticket at the box office for entry. Standard price tickets available for Nobody’s Daughter Haewon only.
3:45pm – Nobody’s Daughter Haewon (90m)
In Hong’s 14th feature, a chamber piece at once eloquently simple and deceptively complex, a young film student named Haewon (Jeong Eun-chae) finds herself at loose ends when her mother moves to Canada. She clings to her married lover, a filmmaker/professor (Lee Sun-kyun), and is bowled over by the insights of another professor (Kim Eui-seong) visiting from San Diego. Meanwhile, she struggles to find her own way and her own identity as we all do when we’re young: a little bit at a time, encounter by encounter, experience by experience, in reality and in dreams. An NYFF51 Main Slate selection.
Playing Daily Starting May 6 – In Front of Your Face (85m)
After years of living abroad, a middle-aged former actress (Lee Hye-young) has returned to South Korea to reconnect with her past and perhaps make amends. Over the course of one day in Seoul, via various encounters—including with her younger sister; a shopkeeper who lives in her converted childhood home; and, finally, a well-known film director with whom she would like to make a comeback—we discover her resentments and regrets, her financial difficulties, and the big secret that’s keeping her aloof from the world. Both beguiling and oddly cleansing in its mix of the spiritual and the cynical, In Front of Your Face finds the endlessly prolific Hong Sangsoo in a particularly contemplative mood; it’s a film that somehow finds that life is at once full of grace and a sick joke. An NYFF59 selection. A Cinema Guild release (opening on May 6 at the Elinor Bunin Munroe Film Center).