Sunday, May 8, 2022
Free entry to The Day a Pig Fell Into the Well 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 The Day a Pig Fell Into the Well only.
3:30pm The Day a Pig Fell Into the Well (115m)
Hong’s acclaimed feature debut begins as a study of an affair between a temperamental writer (Kim Eui-sung) and a married woman (Lee Eun-kyung), and gradually zooms outward to reveal its tragic ripple effects on the lives of a germaphobic businessman (Park Jin-sung) and a young movie-theater ticket-taker (Cho Eun-sook). Though more somber in tone than many of Hong’s subsequent seriocomedies, this multi-strand drama displays his masterful touch in its unsparing look at the complexities of love (particularly when combined with alcohol) and the heart-tearing void that remains in its absence.
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).