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On the Beach at Night Alone

Hong Sang-soo
Bamui haebyun-eoseo honja
South Korea, Germany  2017 / 101’
Claire's Camera The Day After

This acting tour de force by Min-hee Kim, Hong Sang-soo's new muse, grabbed the Silver Bear at the last Berlinale. It is a reverberation of their real-life affair, to which they publicly admitted at the Berlinale press conference. Ultimately, the inspiration for Hong Sang-soo's scripts, which he often pens right on the set, frequently comes from his own life. Actress Young-hee, entangled in a relationship with a much older, married director, spends some time with a friend in Hamburg. Walking around the city, she tries to get some perspective on her recent experiences and find the meaning of this love. After returning home, she meets old friends in the seaside town of Gangneung. The spend many hours drinking and, as in all of Hong's films, only after inebriation are they capable of deeper reflection, sincere conversations and acts that they will later hide under a cloak of indifference. Young-hee decides to stay in town. During her melancholy walk on the beach, in her mind's eye she moves the pawns on the chessboard of her life, looking for the right path.

Agnieszka Szeffel


Berlin IFF 2017 - Best Actress; Los Angeles FF 2017 - Special Jury Prize

Hong Sang-soo

Hong Sang-soo was born in 1961. After completing his studies in South Korea, he continued at universities in California and Chicago. He made his first feature film in 1996, The Day a Pig Fell Into the Well. Although often compared to the masters of French cinema, he is constantly developing his own style. The most important features of his work include an interest in moral dilemmas facing his characters, mise en abyme, and a subtle sense of humor. He is a favorite at international festivals. He has won numerous awards, including at Cannes, Rotterdam, and Locarno.

Selected filmography

2004 Woman Is the Future of Man / Yeojaneun namjaui miraeda

2005 A Tale of Cinema / Geuk jang jeon

2010 Hahaha

2010 Oki / Oki's Movie / Ok-hui-ui yeonghwa

2012 W innym kraju / In Another Country / Da-reun na-ra-e-seo

Cast & Crew

director Hong Sang-soo
screenplay Hong Sang-soo
cinematography Park Hongyeol, Hyung-ku Kim
editing Sung-Won Hahm
cast Min-hee Kim, Young-hwa Seo, Jae-yeong Jeong, Hae-hyo Kwon, Seon-mi Song
producer Hong Sang-soo
production Jeonwonsa Film Co.
sales Finecut
language Korean, English, German
colouration colour