On the Beach at Night Alone (Bamui haebyun-eoseo honja)
(2017, South Korea, 101 min., Digital)
Dir: Hong Sang-soo
Cast: Kim Min-hee, Seo Young-hwa, Kwon Hae-hyo
For the past couple of years, the South Korean entertainment industry has been consumed by a scandal: the extramarital affair between the captivating Kim Min-hee, star of the international hit The Handmaiden and one of the nation’s most in-demand young actresses, and Hong Sang-soo, one of the country’s most celebrated directors. This funny, wistful feature film serves as their joint statement on their public ordeal. In this fictional story, Kim plays an actress hanging out with friends in Hamburg and Seoul who, over many bottles of soju, puzzles over her feelings for her new paramour. A true cinematic explorer, Hong probes not only the relationships between men and women, but the formal qualities of film itself. In Korean with English subtitles.