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Woman on the Beach

June 19 - June 25, 2020

Woman on the Beach

(Dir. Hong Sangsoo, 2006)

New 4k restoration from the original 35mm negative!







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Filmmaker  Joong-rae, suffering from writer’s block, takes a trip to the coast  with his production designer Chang-wook, who brings along the vivacious  Moon-sook. Soon after their arrival, Moon-sook falls for Joong-rae’s  advances; however, the fickle hero can’t commit and he awkwardly parts  with her. What had been a sardonic Jules and Jim turns into a burlesque  Vertigo when Joong-rae returns to the coastal resort and attempts to  recreate the original romance with a woman who resembles Moon-sook,  until his jilted lover shows up…

*Note: Hong Sangsoo’s short film Lost in the Mountains (2009, 31 minutes) is available to watch for free when you purchase a virtual ticket for Woman on the Beach during its opening weekend (June 19 – 21). Your confirmation email will include a watch link to activate.

**Also:  Beginning June 19, Acropolis founder Jordan Cronk will be particIpating  in a discussion on the films of Hong Sangsoo at Grasshopper's new  streaming site Projectr. Visit the Woman on the Beach page to submit a question.

A cinematic tightrope artist: [Hong] is a director whose films walk the fine line between the heaven and hell of the quotidian.

- Chris Chang, Film Comment

An  immaculately constructed movie. A rueful tale of karmic irony,  self-deceived desire, squandered second chances, and unforeseen  abandonment.

- J. Hoberman, The Village Voice

A  bittersweet accounting of the geography of desire... Wry and tender and  delicately melancholic... shows a newly confident filmmaker again  working near the top of his form.

- Manohla Dargis, The New York Times

A  wonderful, serious-minded romantic comedy-drama. Perhaps the greatest  achievement lies in its rhythms, the way it beautifully captures the  natural flow of ongoing conversation.

- Todd McCarthy, Variety

Reminiscent of Godard's Contempt,  but writer-director Hong Sang-soo — South Korea's foremost chronicler  of romantic maneuvering — is more aptly compared to Eric Rohmer for his  subtle comedy.

- J.R. Jones, The Chicago Reader

(Available to download after screening date)

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