Hotel by the River
South Korea / 2018 / Korean with Spanish and English subtitles / 96
Joo-Bong Ki, Kim Min-Hee, Kwon Hae-hyo, Song Seon-mi, Yu Jun-Sang
Despite not being sick, a renowned poet has the feeling that he is going to die and calls his two children to visit him at a riverside hotel where he is staying. Also staying here is a beautiful young woman who is fleeing from a toxic relationship and who is being visited by her best friend. A snowstorm covers the land with a beautiful layer of snow. Time seems to stop at the hotel as people talk and the hotel fills with fear and injured patrons. Filmed in black and white, Hotel by the River has a poetic beauty to it that borders on mysticism. Its contemplative nature is not to be mistaken for having a slow pace. The cadence of its rhythm is splendidly embellished with the conversations and diverse array of these humans in crisis. This point of Hong Sang-soo’s prolific career leaves him with nothing to prove. He seems to know this, and perhaps because of it, he feels the freedom to let things flow and leave us with this beautiful work.
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Hong Sangsoo has directed over twenty films. His debut feature The Day a Pig Fell into the Well (1996) won the Tiger Award in Rotterdam while several of his next films were selected at the Cannes film festival. At Locarno, Our Sunhi (2013) won the Pardo d’oro for Best Director while Right Now, Wrong Then (2015) earned Hong Sangsoo the Pardo d’oro – Concorso internazionale.