Right Now, Wrong Then (지금은맞고그때는틀리다)
Sunday Sep 10 04:00 PM
Doris Duke Theatre
About the Film:
Part of Korean Cinema 2017
Directed by Hong Sang-Soo. South Korea. 2017. Starring Kim Min-hee and Jung Jae-young. Korean with English subtitles. 121 mins.
Prolific director Hong Sang-soo’s intricate comedy of manners exposes the fissures of male-female relationships and of cinema itself. Middle-aged film director Chunsu (Jung Jae-young) is attending a retrospective of his work in a provincial Korean city. With time to kill, Chunsu stops by a restored palace and meets a young woman—aspiring artist Yoon Heejung (Kim Min-hee). They talk. Together, they go to Heejung’s workshop to look at her paintings, have sushi and soju. Every word and gesture negotiates between revelation and concealment: Chunsu uses insights as tools of seduction; Heejung acquiesces to a man who’s leaving the next day. They walk this fine line all the way—through two different viewpoints—to a brilliant and achingly funny end point.
Winner of the Golden Leopard prize at the 68th Locarno International Film Festival.
Of Hong Sang-soo’s work, Martin Scorsese has said, "For me, there’s something especially unique about the films of Hong Sang-soo. It’s got to do with his masterful sense of storytelling. In each of his films that I’ve managed to see, everything kind of starts unassumingly [but then things] unpeel like an orange."
This screening is presented in conjunction with On the Beach at Night Alone.
Read the New York Times review.