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Hong’s film invited to London fest

Sept. 8, 2011 - 18:39 By
A scene from director Hong Sang-soo’s “The Day He Arrives” (Finecut)

Director Hong Sang-soo’s 12th film, “The Day He Arrives,” has been officially invited to the 55th BFI London Film Festival, the movie’s production company Jeonwonsa Film Co. announced this week.

The film was the opener for the 5th Cinema Digital Seoul Film Festival (CinDi) in Seoul last month, and premiered in May in the Un Certain Regard section of the 64th Cannes Film Festival. Hong received the top prize at Cannes last year in the same section with “HaHaHa.”

The largest public film event in the U.K, the London Film Festival features some 300 feature films, documentaries, animations, and shorts from around the world every year. “The Day He Arrives” has been invited to this year’s World Cinema section. The festival will be held in London from Oct. 12 to 27.

Three of Hong’s previous films ― “Tale of Cinema” (2005), “Night and Day” (2008) and “Oki’s Film” (2010) were invited to the same British film festival in the past.

Shot in black and white, “The Day He Arrives” tells a story of a has-been filmmaker’s visit to Seoul during the winter season. He drinks and dines, visits his old girlfriend, and falls for a pretty bar owner who strikingly resembles his ex. The simply plotted film exhibits Hong’s signature repetition variation techniques, leaving many interpretations up to the viewer.

The film has been also invited to this year’s Vienna International Film Festival (Oct. 20―Nov. 2) and Sao Paulo International Film Festival (Oct. 21-Nov. 3), Jeonwonsa Film Co. said.

By Claire Lee (