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In Our Day + small flower

May 26, 2024

In Our Day + small flower

(Dir. Hong Sangsoo, 2023/2022)

One night only!






2220 Arts + Archives
220 Beverly Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90057

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About the program:

Sangwon (Kim Minhee), an actress recently returned to South Korea, is temporarily staying with her friend, Jungsoo (Song Sunmi), and her cat, Us. Elsewhere in the city, the aging poet Uiju (Ki Joobong) lives alone, his cat having recently passed away. On this ordinary day, each of them has a visitor: Sangwon is visited by her cousin, Jisoo (Park Miso) and Uiju, by a young actor, Jaewon (Ha Seongguk). Each of them wants to learn about a career in the arts. But they also have bigger questions. Both Sangwon and Uiju have ramyun noodles for lunch and they both add hot pepper paste to their ramyun noodles, not a very common thing to do. As our friends talk and drink the day away, similarities between these encounters multiply and we begin to realize they may be more than just mere coincidence.

With his 30th feature film, Hong demonstrates a new level of mastery of his art, using long, deceptively elaborate shots to articulate the simplest of pleasures: an inter-species encounter, the discovery of a new drink, a game of rock paper scissors. Kim and Ki lead an outstanding cast of the most natural of performers. In Our Day is a film to drink of deeply, to share with friends, and afterward, to reflect on what matters most.

Preceded by:

small flower (Hong Sangsoo, 2022) | Los Angeles premiere!

A short film created in 2022 for a retrospective at the Centre Pompidou and repurposed as a greeting for audiences at the New York Film Festival, small flower resurfaces again: as an almost direct quote by Kim Minhee's character in In Our Day.

TRT: 85 min

"Exultant and revelatory." —Richard Brody, The New Yorker

"Some of Hong’s loveliest cinematic moments in years." - Rafaela Sales Ross, The Playlist

"For Hong Sangoo, In Our Day is a gesture toward recognizing the beautiful, awful, and uncanny. —Chuck Bowen, Slant Magazine

"The joy of [Hong's] elusive movie-morsels is that the more one puzzles over their uneven surfaces, the more they glow, like polished pebbles." —Jessica Kiang, Variety

"A model of maximum inventiveness achieved with a minimum of means... I can think of few working directors more committed to perpetual artistic reinvention."  —Lawrence Garcia, MUBI Notebook

(Available to download after screening date)

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