Films byTexts by Hong Sang-soo Retrospective
article EN
7.02.2018

In The Day He Arrives, a soju-fueled cross between Last Year at Marienbad and Groundhog Day, Yoo Seongjun, a lapsed director self-exiled to the provinces, roams the streets and bars of Seoul much as X wanders the hallways and gardens of Marienbad, through an endless repetition of settings, characters, and incidents, each reiteration calling previous accounts into question. “I don’t remember a thing,” the bar owner Ye-jeon insists after Seongjun apologizes for what something he has just done, her protestation recalling A’s many disavowals of the past in Marienbad. Whose version does one trust: his, hers, neither?

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24.01.2018

Hong Sang-soo zal deze referentie naar Cézanne, die hij vaak aanhaalt, kunnen waarderen, alsook mijn bedachtzaamheid als ik over hem spreek. Hij is als een geschonken boek, waarvan we ontdekken dat bepaalde bladzijdes zorgvuldig zijn uitgescheurd en dat zodoende plotseling alles ontbreekt. Zijn films hebben onze toestemming niet nodig, ze eisen een totale omarming.

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24.01.2018
Claire Denis 2005
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Hong Sang-soo will appreciate the reference to Cézanne, whom he often quotes, and my caution when talking about him. He is like an offered book, of which we discover that certain pages have been carefully torn out and therefore everything is suddenly missing. His films don’t need our agreement; they require total rallying.

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19.01.2018

Coinciding with the start of the Hong Sang-soo retrospective at CINEMATEK, a new book (in French) on the filmmaker has just been published.

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19.01.2018

Coïncidant avec le début de la rétrospective Hong Sang-soo au CINEMATEK, un nouveau livre sur le cinéaste vient d'être publié.

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17.01.2018

On the occasion of CINEMATEK’s Hong Sang-soo retrospective, Sabzian, Courtisane and CINEMATEK compiled, edited and published a modest publication that aims to trace the development of Hong’s remarkable body of work through a collection of essays and interviews.

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17.01.2018

Poetic by its precision, attentive to duration, to the uncertainty of the moment, to outlined movements and to what they betray or control: Hong Sang-soo’s cinema seems to consist only of details, of contingent moments that suddenly get out of hand or explode. “I never aim for generalization; there’s never a global view on society at the origin of a film or even a shot. It seems to me that reality can only appear between the cracks of discrete, hypothetic, uncertain elements. I am wary of clichés and big expressions. I do not believe, for example, that something we could call ‘the’ contemporary Korea exists. I never try to share a truth, but only approximations.”

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17.01.2018

Poétique à force de précision, attentif aux durées, aux incertitudes de l'instant, aux mouvements esquissés et à ce qu’ils trahissent ou réfrènent, le cinéma de Hong Sang-soo semble n’être constitué que de détails, de moments contingents, qui soudain dérapent ou explosent. « Je ne vise jamais la généralisation ; le point de vue global sur la société n’est jamais à l’origine d’un film, ou même d’un plan. Il me semble que la réalité ne peut apparaître qu’entre les interstices d’éléments discrets, hypothétiques, incertains. Je me méfie des clichés et des grandes phrases, je ne crois pas, par exemple, qu’il existe ce qu’on pourrait appeler “la” Corée contemporaine. Je ne cherche jamais à faire partager une vérité, mais des approximations. »

screening
The Day After
Hong Sang-soo, 2017
Thu 18 Jan 2018, 19:00
CINEMATEK, Brussels
PART OF Hong Sang-soo Retrospective
Talk
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Night and Day
Hong Sang-soo, 2008
Sat 20 Jan 2018, 19:30
CINEMATEK, Brussels
PART OF Hong Sang-soo Retrospective
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The Day a Pig Fell Into the Well
Hong Sang-soo, 1996
Sun 21 Jan 2018, 19:15
CINEMATEK, Brussels
PART OF Hong Sang-soo Retrospective
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The Power of Kangwon Province
Hong Sang-soo, 1998
Mon 22 Jan 2018, 19:00
CINEMATEK, Brussels
PART OF Hong Sang-soo Retrospective
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Virgin Stripped Bare by Her Bachelors
Hong Sang-soo, 2000
Wed 24 Jan 2018, 19:00
CINEMATEK, Brussels
PART OF Hong Sang-soo Retrospective
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On the Occasion of Remembering the Turning Gate
Hong Sang-soo, 2000
Thu 25 Jan 2018, 21:00
CINEMATEK, Brussels
PART OF Hong Sang-soo Retrospective
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Woman Is the Future of Man
Hong Sang-soo, 2004
Tue 30 Jan 2018, 19:00
CINEMATEK, Brussels
PART OF Hong Sang-soo Retrospective
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Woman on the Beach
Hong Sang-soo, 2006
Fri 2 Feb 2018, 19:00
CINEMATEK, Brussels
PART OF Hong Sang-soo Retrospective
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Tale of Cinema
Hong Sang-soo, 2005
Sat 3 Feb 2018, 19:00
CINEMATEK, Brussels
PART OF Hong Sang-soo Retrospective
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Hong Sang-soo, 2010
Sun 4 Feb 2018, 19:00
CINEMATEK, Brussels
PART OF Hong Sang-soo Retrospective
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In Another Country
Hong Sang-soo, 2012
Fri 9 Feb 2018, 19:00
CINEMATEK, Brussels
PART OF Hong Sang-soo Retrospective
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Hong Sang-soo, 2017
Sun 25 Feb 2018, 14:30
CINEMATEK, Brussels
PART OF Hong Sang-soo Retrospective