June 12 - June 18, 2020
Hill of Freedom
(Dir. Hong Sangsoo, 2014)
Available for the first time in the U.S.!
From June 12-18, Hill of Freedom will be available to stream via Acropolis Cinema and Grasshopper Film. Acropolis will receive 50% of all revenue.
Kwon (Seo Young-hwa) returns to Seoul from a restorative stay in the mountains. She is given a packet of letters left by Mori (Ryo Kase, Like Someone In Love), who has come back from Japan to propose to her. As she walks down a flight of stairs, Kwon drops and scatters the letters, all of which are undated. When she reads them, she has to make sense of the chronology… and so must we. Shot in the narrow alleys, petite cafes and beautiful hanok inns of Seoul’s historic Jong-ro district, a favorite Hong location, Hill of Freedom is a masterful, alternately funny and haunting, tale of love and longing from the great director.
One of Hong’s best films to date.
- Michael Sicinski, Cinema Scope
Soulful, subtly acerbic, tongue-in-cheek.
- John Anderson, Indiewire
The prolific South Korean writer-director’s funniest work, a wry, mostly English-language comedy.
- Ignatiy Vishnevetsky, The AV Club
A typically refreshing, bittersweet comedy from the prolific Korean director... an auteur whose perspective remains at once lulling and stirring, mordant and humane.
- Fernando F. Croce, MUBI Notebook
A masterwork. Achieves a complexity akin to the grand historical meditations of Alain Resnais. Ingeniously constructed. I’ve watched it three times forwards and one time backwards and I feel as if I’m just beginning to get the hang of it.
- Richard Brody, The New Yorker
(Available to download after screening date)