Screen/Society--"The Novelist’s Film" (Hong Sang-Soo, 2022)
"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
View Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xQG4NRteazo
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