Hotel by the River(Gangbyun Hotel) Features
The latest work from the peerlessly prolific auteur Hong Sang-soo, Hotel by the River finds the filmmaker engaging with the eternal themes of life, love and death amid the wintery confines of a riverside hotel.
As with his earlier 2018 Berlinale competition title Grass, the film is shot in black-and-white with the director’s trademark cinematographic minimalism — and the heavy snowfall outside creating an unusually sumptuous backdrop to the drama. The film follows two intersecting groups of people at the titular hotel: an aging poet who has invited his two adult sons to visit him as he believes his life is reaching its end, and a young woman (Hong’s repeat collaborator Kim Min-hee) staying with a friend after a recent heartbreak. The film is an engrossing exploration of the complexity of human relationships, both familial and romantic.
Screening as part of ‘Reconciling with the World: Asian Cinema‘
|Language:||Korean, with English subtitles|
|Cast:||Ki Joo-bong, Kim Min-hee, Song Seo-mi, Kwon Hae-hyo|