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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

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