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Best of The Fests
HOTEL BY THE RIVER
- Director: Hong Sang-soo
- SOUTH KOREA / 2018 / DCP / B&W / 96’ / Korean; Turkish, English s.t.
- Screenplay: Hong Sang-soo
- Director of Photography: Kim Hyung-koo
- Editing: Son Yeon-ji
- Music: Dalpalan
- Cast: Ki Joobong, Kim Minhee, Song Seonmi, Kwon Haehyo, Yu Junsang
- Producer: Hong Sangsoo
- Production Co.: Jeonwonsa Film Co.
- World Sales: Finecut
- 2018 LOCARNO -- Best Actor (Ki Joobong)
- 2018 GIJON -- Best Actor (Ki Joobong), Best Screenplay, Best Feature
Convinced that he is going to die soon, old poet Younghwan invites his two estranged sons to join him at a hotel. His attempt at reconciling with his sons becomes complicated when two beautiful, young women check in. In his Locarno-premiered new film Hotel by the River, Korean master Hong Sang-soo once again satisfies his fans with another one of his plain but nuanced human stories. Taking advantage of black & white film, the director deftly handles themes of family, friendship, death, forgiveness, and the passage of time.
This film was a Meetings on the Bridge participant.