26.9. - 5.10.2019

Hotel by the River Republic of Korea (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.
Orig. Title: Gangbyun Hotel
Filmtype: Fiction Feature
Original language: Korean
Section: Asia Express
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
Sprachfassung: OV with German subtitles
Music: Dalpalan
Director of Photography: Kim Hyung-koo
Production Designer:
Editor: Son Yeonji
Commissioning Editor:
Format: dcp
German Distributor:
World Sales: Finecut
Production: Jeonwonsa Film
Contact: Jina Park, Finecut:; YoungKyung Sohn:


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