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Archive - 10th Five Flavours Film Festival

Yourself and Yours

Dangsin jasingwa dangsinui geot
South Korea 2016, 86’
subtitles: Polish and English
director: Hong Sang-soo
screenplay: Hong Sang-soo
cinematography: Park Hong-yeol
editing: Hahm Sung-won
music: Dalparan
cast: Kim Joo-hyuck, Lee You-young, Kwon Hae-hyo, Yu Jun-sang, Kim Eui-sung
producer: Kang Taeu, Hong Sang-soo
production: Jeonwonsa Film Co.
language: Korean
colouration: colour

Awards and festivals

San Sebastian IFF 2016 - Silver Seashell for Best Director; Toronto IFF 2016; New York FF 2016; Tokyo IFF 2016; Taipei Golden Horse FF 2016

Film description

Love is slipping away and trust is being put to the test: is the girl getting drunk in the bars of Seoul (not observing her limit of five drink per evening) and meeting new men all the time, the same Min-jung that enchanted Young-soo? Or is it her twin sister, or even the creation of an over-emotional mind? Nothing is certain, but Hong Sang-soo's eighteenth film is the return to the convention he mastered, with narrative traps and loops reflecting the mental condition of the confused protagonists.

In his new film, the directors centers on a woman, Min-jung (a great role by Lee You-young, awarded for her acting debut last year), one of his typical characters – saying she is "not perfect" would be a gentle euphemism. The complicated relationships and meanders of life, analyzed over many bottles of soju, are a constant element of Hong's scripts – here filled with especially subversive, black humor. The director was inspired by Buñuel's "That Obscure Object of Desire," but his work also shows similarities to Woody Allen's neurotic dialogs and the discussions between Richard Linklater's protagonists from "Before Sunset" – it is a never-ending meditation on emotional obsessions and the feeling of uncertainty, wrapped in a clever, surprising form.

Jagoda Murczyńska

Hong Sang-soo

Born in 1960, studied at the Chung-Ang University in Seoul, California College of the Art, and School of the Art Institute in Chicago. His films were shown at the biggest international festivals. In Cannes, he received the Un Certain Regard award for his "Hahaha" (shown at the 5th Five Flavours). In 2015, in Locarno he received the Golden Leopard for "Right Now, Wrong Then."

Selected filmography:

2004 Yeojaneun namjaui miraeda/ Woman is the Future of Man

2005 Geuk jang jeon / A Tale of Cinema

2010 Hahaha

2010 Oki / Ok-hui-ui yeonghwa / Oki's Movie

2014 Wzgórze wolności / Jayuui eondeok / Hill of Freedom

2015 Teraz dobrze, wtedy źle / Jigeumeun matgo geuttaeneun tteullida / Right now, Wrong then

2016 Twoja i nie tylko twoja / Dangsin jasingwa dangsinui geot / Yourself and Yours

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