Two by Hong Sang-soo: Grass and Hotel By the River
Location la: Bartos Screening Room
Dir. Hong Sang-soo. 2018, 66 mins. Digital projection. In Korean with English subtitles. With Kim Min-hee, Jung Jin-young, Ki Joo-bong, Seo Young-hwa, Kim Sae-byuk
Hotel By the River
Dir. Hong Sang-Soo. 2018, 96 mins. Digital projection. In Korean with English subtitles. With Ki Joo-bong, Kim Min-hee, Song-Seon Mi, Kwon Hae-Hyo, Yu Jun-sang.
This lovely, black-and-white diptych from Hong Sang-soo finds Kim Min-hee returning as Hong’s recurring heroine Ah-reum in two tragicomic tales of love, delusion, chance meetings, and drinking rituals, as well as the nature of storytelling itself. In Grass, Kim’s Ah-reum sits at a cafe attempting to write a story, while the customers around her enact now stock scenarios of male and female antagonism from Hong films past. In Hotel by the River, an aging poet summons his two estranged sons to a solitary hotel beside the Han River to tell them he is dying, only to meet Ah-reum and a female friend in search of solace and reconciliation of their own.
Tickets: $15 ($11 seniors and students / $9 youth (ages 3–17) / free or discounted for Museum members. Order tickets online. (Members may contact firstname.lastname@example.org with questions regarding online reservations.)