Q&A with Hong Sangsoo will take place between the two screenings
6:30pm The Woman Who Ran (77m)
Men are mostly, amusingly sidelined in The Woman Who Ran, which is anchored by the director’s regular collaborator—and real-life partner—Kim Minhee as the peripatetic Gamhee. Divided into three casually threaded yet distinct sections, the film follows Gamhee as she travels without her husband for the first time in years, visiting a succession of friends: two on purpose, one by chance. As usual, Hong allows the most minimal interactions to carry surprising weight, and uses subtle and sly narrative repetition to evoke a world of circular motion. The Woman Who Ran also features one of Hong’s most expert comic set pieces, a neighborly argument about stray cats that gets to the heart of the filmmaker’s lovingly crafted world of thwarted connections and everyday dysfunction. An NYFF58 selection.
8:45pm Woman is the Future of Man (88m)
An attempted trip down memory lane turns sour in this volatile melodrama, a key work in the development of Hong’s approach to examining relations between men and women. Two friends (Kim Tae-woo and Yoo Ji-tae), a filmmaker and an art teacher respectively, drunkenly decide to seek out an old girlfriend in a nearby city, but this journey into the past reopens old wounds and reignites old longings that were probably best left extinguished. An eminently modern parable about love and selfishness, Woman Is the Future of Man endures as one of Hong’s richest group portraits of everyday people flailing about while trying to obtain a bit of tenderness.