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30 Jan – 9 Feb 2025

Hong Sangsoo

HONG Sangsoo (1960, South Korea) studied at the University of Seoul and attended film courses in Los Angeles, Chicago and Paris. Since returning to South Korea, he has directed more than 10 feature films. His feature debut The Day a Pig Fell Into the Well won him a Tiger Award at IFFR in 1997. Right Now, Wrong Then (2015) won him the Golden Leopard prize at the 2015 Locarno International Film Festival. Hong’s films are characterized by unique cinematography and seemingly spontaneous circumstances that create clever story lines. 


The Day a Pig Fell into the Well (1996), Kangwondo eui him/The Power of Kangwon Province (1998), Oh! Soo-jung/Virgin Stripped Bare by her Bachelors (2000), Saeng-hwal-eui Bal-gyun/Turning Gate (2002), Yeojaneun namji ui miraeda/Woman is the Future of Man (2004), Geuk jang jeon/Tale of Cinema (2005), Haebyneui yeoin/Woman on the Beach (2006), Night and Day (2008), Jeonju Digital Project: Lost in the Mountains (2009, short), Like You Know It All (2009), Hahaha (2010), Oki-eui younghwa/Oki’s Movie (2010), List (2011, short), Book chon bang hyang/The Day He Arrives (2011), Da-reun na-ra-e-seo/In Another Country (2012), Venice 70: Future Reloaded (2013, doc), Nugu-ui ttal-do anin Haewon/Nobody’s Daughter Haewon (2013), U ri Sunhi/Our Sunhi (2013) , Ja-yu-eui eon-deok/Hill of Freedom (2014), Ji-geum-eun-mat-go-geu-ddae-neun-teul-li-da/Right Now, Wrong Then (2015), Dangsinjasingwa dangsinui geot/Yourself and Yours (2016), Bamui haebyun-eoseo honja/On the Beach at Night Alone (2017), La caméra de Claire/Claire’s Camera (2017), Geu-hu/The Day After (2017)

Hong Sangsoo at IFFR

  • Tale of Cinema

    Hong is the great contemporary poet of advanced drunkenness and of intelligent deconstructions of the lack of love. In his sixth film, we especially s

    • Kings & Aces
  • Virgin Stripped Bare by Her Bachelors

    Relationship filled with pitfalls between a pleasant female video producer and a gallery owner as they become embroiled in their self-spun web of illu

    • main programme features
  • Turning Gate

    Subdued modern love story filled with intrigues about the unemployed actor Kyung-Soo, who falls for Sun-Young, a woman who is already spoken for. Funn

    • main programme features
  • Our Sunhi

    Amusing, award-winning comedy of manners about Sunhi (played by the marvellous Jung Yumi) who asks her professor for a letter of recommendation to stu

    • Spectrum
  • Turning Gate

    Subdued modern love story filled with intrigues about the unemployed actor Kyung-Soo, who falls for Sun-Young, a woman who is already spoken for. Funn

    • Groningen/Maastricht Oud
  • Yourself and Yours

    A playful narrative structure and psychological acumen are the two certainties in every film by Korean master Hong – also in his 18th feature. M

    • Signatures
  • Right Now, Wrong Then

    Can you step in the same river twice? Will a re-watched film be the same film? What is lost and (re)gained in perception? In another genius Groundhog

    • Critics' Choice
    • Perspectives
  • Woman is the Future of Men

    Two men approaching middle age have nostalgic feelings about the beautiful Sunhwa, whom they once both dated. However they have very different memorie

    • Kings & Aces
  • The Day He Arrives

    The mastery of Hong Sang-Soo is recognisable in the sometimes hilarious, sometimes moving way in which he manages to restructure familiar elements in

    • Spectrum
  • Oki’s Movie

    With his debut, Hong Sang-Soo won a Tiger Award in 1997. In his 12th feature, structured as four short films about a three-cornered relationship, he n

    • RotT