Bamui haebyun-eoseo honja (On the Beach at Night Alone) 2017 Ages 15+

6.00PM Wed 27 Feb 2019 (1hr 41mins)
GOMA | Cinema A | Free

SYNOPSIS

‘Korean master Hong Sang-soo's 19th feature (the first of three he directed in 2017) is one of his most explicitly autobiographical, transparently referencing the director's well-publicized affair with his leading lady Kim Min-hee. On the Beach at Night Alone stars Kim as Younghee, an actress who has retreated to Hamburg following an affair with a well-known filmmaker. The first section of the film follows Younghee as she frets over the absence of her would-be partner while exploring the city's parks and street markets; in the second she returns to South Korea, where she encounters a typically Hongian community of female friends and idiotic male acquaintances, each of whom reacts to and treats Younghee in wildly different fashion, and in whose company Younghee's own volatile personality — which is stoked by the slightest hint of alcohol — is fully revealed. Kim deservedly took home the Best Actress prize at the Berlin Film Festival for her performance as Younghee, who is Hong's most compelling character to date — which is appropriate, as he knows her best of all.’ Toronto International Film Festival

CREDITS

HD VIDEO, COLOUR, STEREO, 101 MINUTES, SOUTH KOREA, KOREAN (ENGLISH SUBTITLES) / DIRECTOR/SCRIPT: HONG SANG-SOO / CINEMATOGRAPHERS: KIM HYUNGKOO, PARK HONGYEOL / EDITOR: HAHM SUNG-WON / PRODUCTION CO: JEONWONSA FILM / PRINT SOURCE/RIGHTS: FINECUT / SCREENING FORMAT: DCP