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South Korea, 2009 (MIFF 2009, Neighbourhood Watch)

Director: Hong Sangsoo

“Film festivals and cinema workshops come across as hotbeds of drunken brawls, fulsome schmoozing and adulterous sex.” - Hollywood Reporter

In a self-reflexive jibe, filmmaker Hong Sang-soo (Woman on the Beach, MIFF 07; Night and Day, MIFF 08) skewers artistic pretensions and sends up the liquor-fuelled schmoozing and backbiting that could characterise certain film festivals.

Critics, filmmakers and industry wannabes all receive a satirical roasting as up-and-coming arthouse director Ku Kyung-nam bumbles through drunken escapades at a film festival and a seminar.

Hong even indulges in self-parody, as in a Q&A session Ku answers questions on why he keeps making films that no one understands.

“Wryly perceptive in its deconstruction of artistic egos, sending up pretensions… Hong's funniest film in years.” - Screen International

D/S Hong Sangsoo P Honglee Yeon-jeong, Kim Kyoung-hee WS Finecut L Korean w/English subtitles TD 35mm/2009

See also...

tale of cinema

Korea, 2005
Hong Sangsoo epitomises a distinctive thread in the current generation of brilliant Korean filmmakers. His [Tale of Cinema] is an intelligent and quietly provocative film, which screened in Official … More »


Korea, 2006
A one-night stand between lovers… What's to come of this fleeting romance? From filmmaker Hong Sangsoo (Woman is the Future of Man, Turning Gate, Tale of Cinema), his most accessible film see… More »


South Korea, 2000
The multi-award winning The Day a Pig Fell Into the Well and its follow-up The Power of Kangwon Province, have established Hang San-Soo as the reigning Korean poet laureate of the ins, outs and self-… More »


South Korea, 2010
“For Hong's fans as well as art film-inclined audiences coming to his films new, this is as tangy and refreshing as sangria.” - Hollywood Reporter ... Receiving the top prize in the Un Certain Re… More »

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