The Novelist’s Film

Loft Film Fest 2022!

The Novelist's Film


General Admission: $12 | Loft Members: $10

Passes Not Accepted

Winner! Silver Bear Grand Jury Prize, Berlin International Film Festival

In celebrated filmmaker Hong Sangsoo’s latest creation, novelist Junhee (Lee Hyeyoung) is taking a break from writing, going on a daytrip to a small town to visit an old friend’s bookstore. Their reminiscing of years gone by turns into a discussion of a local public garden, one of the town’s must-see local attractions. It’s there on a leisurely stroll that Junhee has a chance encounter with a famous actress and a former colleague, a movie director. Suddenly, an aimless afternoon reignites an idea that Junhee has been ruminating for some time: what if she were to write and direct her own film? A gently circuitous, conversation-driven charmer shot almost entirely in black and white and featuring semi-improvised performances from a cast of Hong regulars, including Hyeyoung, Kim Minhee and Kwon Haehyo, The Novelist’s Film is an effortless and playful look at how a single day spent with friends, both old and new, can realign an artist’s purpose. (Dir. by Hong Sangsoo, 2022, South Korea, in Korean with English subtitles, 92 mins., Not Rated)

Other festivals: Berlin, New York

1 HR 32 MIN | NR

Released 2022
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