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Cinema Guild acquires Hong Sangsoo's Berlin competition entry Grass

NEW YORK, NY- Cinema Guild announced today the acquisition of all U.S. distribution rights to Hong Sangsoo's Grass. The film premiered in competition at the Berlin International Film Festival in February and fall festival dates will be announced soon. Grass will open in theaters in 2019.

For his 22nd feature as director, Hong delivers a delicious cinematic riddle only he could concoct. In the corner of a small café, Areum (Kim Minhee) sits typing on her laptop. At the tables around her, other customers enact the various dramas of their lives. A young couple charge each other with serious crimes, an old man tries to rekindle a flame with a younger woman, a narcissistic filmmaker works to put together his next project—all while Areum types. Is she merely writing what she hears? Or is she hearing what’s been written? As the dramas inside the café unfold, the plants outside grow taller.

With stately black-and-white cinematography from Hong regular Kim Hyungkoo and a wide range of performances from an outstanding ensemble, Grass is a truly singular chamber piece, a beguiling combination of raw emotion and philosophical intrigue.

“Grass is a film that continually surprised at every turn,” said Cinema Guild’s Peter Kelly, whose company has release three films by Hong Sangsoo (On the Beach at Night Alone, Claire’s Camera and The Day After) in the last year. “Our recent releases have shown that there’s an ever-expanding appetite for Hong’s work and we think audiences will eat Grass right up.”

The deal was negotiated by Peter Kelly of Cinema Guild with Youngjoo Suh of Finecut.

Cinema Guild is a premier distributor of world cinema, independent films and documentaries, whose upcoming releases include RaMell Ross’ Hale County This Morning, This Evening and Nuri Bilge Ceylan’s The Wild Pear Tree. Recent theatrical releases include Jim McKay’s En el Séptimo Día, Valeska Grisebach’s Western and Albert Serra’s The Death of Louis XIV.

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