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Hotel by the River

Director(s)
Hong Sang-soo
Country
South Korea
Year
2018
Language
Korean with English subtitles
Duration
96 min

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It is winter. An aging poet is holed up for two weeks in a modest provincial hotel overlooking the Han River. His adult sons are summoned to visit after years of estrangement. Though the hotel is small and its surroundings easy to navigate, father and sons lose each other, meet up, and lose each other again. Meanwhile, a young woman, after having just fled a destructive relationship, gets a room at the same hotel and calls for a friend. They nap, take walks, and talk about everything while drawing the attention of the poet, who finds in the pair a beauty and fascination sufficient to inspire new verse. A hotel, a river: both are symbols of transience, one fixed, the other flowing. Hong’s characters come and go, assemble and dissemble, converse so as to better understand the self and, if they’re lucky, connect with one another. (Giovanna Fulvi, TIFF)

* Presented by the Series Interior. Night. (Psychology and Cinema) on July 18th.

Locarno Film Festival Official Selection

Hotel by the River is — surprisingly, from the standpoint of a skeptic — one of Hong’s most unexpectedly poignant works, self-reflexive in a way that feels searching rather than rote. – The New York Times

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Director(s)
Hong Sang-soo
Country
South Korea
Year
2018
Language
Korean with English subtitles
Duration
96 min