The Novelist’s Film
HONG Sang-soo South Korea 92 mins PG Singapore Premiere
A novelist’s affinity with a younger actress leads to a film collaboration in this work of startling intimacy from Hong Sang-soo.
In her 60s, reputed novelist Jun-hee struggles to fulfil her creative impulses while facing writer’s block. During a chance encounter with the younger Kil-soo who is on an acting hiatus, their instant connection sparks a creative collaboration: Jun-hee proposes to make a film starring Kil-soo.
This spare, intimate autofiction finds Hong Sang-soo at his most personal yet. What starts out as a self-referential examination on artistic freedom and its simple yet sensual pleasures evolves into something far more unexpected: a manifesto on his inimitable style—and a love letter. With its startling sincerity, the film mines new emotional depths from Hong’s expansive oeuvre, revealing the power of his cinema.
HONG Sang-soo is a South Korean filmmaker whose work explores everyday life and human interaction in subtly profound ways. Recent features of his that have screened at SGIFF include The Woman Who Ran (2020) and In Front of Your Face (2021). His 27th feature, The Novelist’s Film premiered at the Berlinale where it won the Silver Bear Grand Jury Prize.