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The Novelist's Film

November 7 & November 8, 2022

The Novelist's Film

(dir. Hong Sangsoo, 2022)

Los Angeles premiere!
Special two-night engagement!


7:30 PM


8:00 PM


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

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Junhee (Lee Hyeyoung, last seen in Hong’s In Front of Your Face)  is a novelist who's grown disenchanted with her own writing. On a trip  to see an old friend, she runs into a film director who was set to adapt  one of her novels before the project fell through. One chance encounter  leads to another and soon she finds herself having lunch with Kilsoo  (Kim Minhee), a well-known actress also questioning her role as an  artist. It’s then that Junhee has an epiphany: she will make a film  starring Kilsoo. It won’t be like other films. It will be the novelist’s  film. For his 27th feature, Hong holds a mirror up to his own artistic  process and asks what exactly it is we’re looking for from a work of  art. As his characters discuss their lives and work and the ways they  intertwine, Hong sets down a sort of manifesto for his own inimitable  oeuvre before exploding it (or perhaps fully realizing it) in a moving  final flourish. With sparkling performances from Lee, Kim and an  incredible cast of Hong regulars, The Novelist’s Film is a summation of Hong’s career-long artistic project, even as it signals bold new directions.


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A  springy treat... every one of [Hong's] films feels dipped in newness  and a breezy spontaneity that feels like a gulp of fresh air

- Jessica Kiang, Sight & Sound

Wondrous...  proves that Hong has yet to exhaust his methods of deriving  significance and beauty from the most quotidian of details.

- Jake Cole, Slant Magazine

[Hong's]  most eloquent and fully realized film in many years... [a]  sophisticated, deeply personal meditation on lives shaped by artistic  endeavors.

- Eren Odabaşı, International Cinephile Society

One  of [Hong's] sweetest films, registering ultimately as a touchingly  sincere tribute to his life in filmmaking, and to love discovered  through art-making.

- Matt Turner, Little White Lies

[A]  focused, charming autofiction, well-structured yet open to the  inspirations of serendipity... Hong has always given viewers the  impression that he—or, rather, he and Kim—are making exactly the film  they want to make, but rarely before The Novelist’s Film has it seemed to bring the two of them such pure bliss.

- Mark Asch, The Playlist

(Available to download after screening date)

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