Hong has also developed a style...that both befits his material circumstances and offers his cinematic world an even more advantageous and focused mode of expression.
Hong Sangsoo has been quietly, prolifically making features of the utmost insight and sensitivity.
At the center of The Novelist's Film are the two women who have given us some of the most powerful performances in Hong’s filmography.
For his playful and gently thought-provoking 27th feature, Hong Sangsoo takes on the perspective of a prickly middle-aged novelist, Junhee (Lee Hyeyoung, the magnetic star of Hong’s In Front of Your Face). After revisiting an old friend who now runs a bookshop outside of Seoul, she embarks on a restorative journey that leads her to a chance encounter with a famous actress and former movie star (Kim Minhee); the two make an instant connection that stokes both women’s dormant creative impulses. Within this simple, loose-limbed premise, Hong locates a deep well of emotional truth, and poses a bounty of questions about the necessities and expectations of art-making, leading to a poignant, entirely unexpected, mode-shifting climax. An NYFF60 Main Slate selection. A Cinema Guild release.