Location: Rubenstein Arts Center Film Theater
The Novelist’s Film
(Hong Sang-soo, 2022, 92 min, South Korea, Korean with English subtitles, DCP)
For his 27th feature, Hong holds a mirror up to his own artistic process and asks what exactly it is we’re looking for from a work of art. As his characters discuss their lives and work and the ways they intertwine, Hong sets down a sort of manifesto for his own inimitable oeuvre before exploding it (or perhaps fully realizing it) in a moving final flourish. With sparkling performances from Lee Hye-yeong, Kim Min-hee and an incredible cast of Hong regulars, The Novelist’s Film is a summation of Hong’s career-long artistic project, even as it signals bold new directions.
-- Winner of the Silver Bear Grand Jury Prize at the 2022 Berlin International Film Festival
"One of the director’s sweetest films, registering ultimately as a touchingly sincere tribute to his life in filmmaking, and to love discovered through art-making." - Matt Turner, Little White Lies
"[A] focused, charming autofiction, well-structured yet open to the inspirations of serendipity...Hong has always given viewers the impression that he—or, rather, he and Kim—are making exactly the film they want to make, but rarely before The Novelist’s Film has it seemed to bring the two of them such pure bliss." - Mark Asch, The Playlist
"[Hong's] most openly emotive and personal filmmaking to date... palpably life-affirming." - Joshua Minsoo Kim, In Review Online
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Contact: Hank Okazaki
Sponsor: Duke Cinematic Arts
Co-Sponsors: Asian/Pacific Studies Institute