30.09. - 09.10.2021

Hotel by the River South Korea 2018 | 96 min | OV with German subtitles | Black & White | FF 2018

Hong Sangsoo

Hong Sangsoo (*1960) is one of South Korea's best-known directors – and one of the most prolific. Since 1996,he has made 18 features and won many awards. Filmfest Hamburg showed his Locarnowinner Right Now, Wrong Then in 2015 and Virgin Stripped Bare by Her Bachelors in 2000.

rated for 0 + years
A small ensemble, a feast of witty dialogue – and a lot of alcohol: Hong Sang Soo makes a shout-out for filmic minimalism. In a hotel overlooking a river, an ageing poet is visited by his two sons. They have grown apart over the years. Now, as he senses that death is not far off, he'd like to make up with them. The only other guest at the hotel is a lovelorn young woman. She's asked a girlfriend to join her for moral support. As the snowfall increases, the guests inside begin to circle each other in a similar dance to the snowflakes outside.
Original title: Gangbyun Hotel
Film type: Fiction Feature
Original language: Korean
Section: Asia Express
Language and subtitles: OV with German subtitles
Director: Hong Sangsoo
Screenplay: Hong Sangsoo
Cast: Ki Joo-bong, Kim Min-hee, Song Seon-mi, Kwon Hae-hyo, Yu Jun-sang, Park Ran
Producer: Hong Sangsoo
Director of Photography: Kim Hyung-koo
Music: Dalpalan
Production Design:
Editor: Son Yeonji
Sound: 0
Costume design:
Commissioning Editor:
Format: dcp
German Distributor:
World Sales: Finecut
Production: Jeonwonsa Film
Contact: Jina Park, Finecut:; YoungKyung Sohn:


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