On the Beach at Night Alone
Art imitates life in this quietly devastating masterpiece from Hong Sangsoo. Kim Minhee (The Handmaiden, Right Now, Wrong Then)—in the role that won her the Silver Bear for best actress in Berlin—plays Younghee, an actress reeling in the aftermath of an affair with a married film director. Younghee visits Hamburg then returns to Korea, but as she meets with friends and has her fair share to drink, increasingly startling confessions emerge.
No stranger to mining his own experience for his films, Hong, whose real-life affair with Kim stirred up a media frenzy in Korea, here confronts his personal life with a newfound emotional directness. With an incredibly raw and vulnerable performance from Kim at its center, On the Beach at Night Alone is one of the most dynamic collaborations between director and performer in contemporary cinema.
"'On the Beach' feels more raw and personal than some of Mr. Hong's other work."
- A.O. Scott, The New York Times
"There's a dark romanticism powering Hong Sangsoo's furious, tautly controlled, yet coolly comedic drama."
- Richard Brody, The New Yorker
"Poignant and witty... a fascinating sublimation of autobiography into Hong’s precise creative terms."
- Eric Kohn, Indiewire
"As gut-wrenching, funny, and formally freewheeling as anything in recent cinema."
- Dan Sullivan, Film Comment
"An equality between performer and director which I haven’t experienced before in a film...I think it's Hong Sangsoo's best."
- Neil Bahadur, MUBI Notebook
"Touchingly direct...The beauty of Hong’s latest lies in how piercingly affecting it feels even if one isn’t aware of the personal circumstances surrounding it."
- Kenji Fujishima, Slant
"Hong’s most compelling character to date, which is appropriate, as he knows her best of all."
- Jordan Cronk, Cinema Scope
Nov 17 - Film Society of Lincoln Center - New York, NY
Nov 17 - Metrograph - New York, NY
Nov 21 & 24 - Acropolis Cinema - Los Angeles, CA
Nov 29 - Madison Museum of Contemporary Art - Madison, WI
Dec 1-17 - Parkway Theatre - Baltimore, MD
Dec 1-14 - 4-Star Theatre - San Francisco, CA
Dec 3 - Freer and Sackler Galleries - Washington, DC
Dec 13 - The Public Cinema - Knoxville, TN
Dec 14-17 - Northwest Film Forum - Seattle, WA
Dec 15-17 - George Eastman House - Rochester, NY
Dec 22 - Museum of Modern Art - New York, NY
Dec 29-Jan 4 - Sie FilmCenter - Denver, CO
Dec 29-Jan 4 - Film Streams Dundee Theater - Omaha, NE
Dec 30 - Metrograph - New York, NY
Jan 5-11 - The Screen - Santa Fe, NM
Jan 7 & 10 - Guild Cinema - Albuquerque, NM
Jan 11-28: Time & Space Limited - Hudson, NY
Jan 12-18 - Lake Worth Playhouse - Lake Worth, FL
Jan 12-15 - Oklahoma City Museum of Art - Oklahoma City, OK
Jan 20 - Nam Center for Korean Studies - Ann Arbor, MI
Jan 27 & 28 - Alamo Drafthouse Ritz - Austin, TX
Jan 28-31 - The Art Theatre - Champaign, IL
Feb 8 - Nickelodeon Theatre - Columbia, SC
Feb 8-9 Cleveland Cinematheque - Cleveland, OH
Feb 9-10 - Union Cinema - Milwaukee, WI
Feb 19 & 21 - Portland International Film Festival - Portland, OR
Feb 24-25: Doc Films - Chicago, IL
Mar 8: Cinema Lamont - Detroit, MI
Mar 23-29: Miami Beach Cinematheque - Miami Beach, FL
Mar 30-Apr 5: Olympia Film Society - Olympia, WA
Apr 8: Public House Cinema - Indianapolis, IN
Apr 7 & 14: Harvard Film Archive - Cambridge, MA
Apr 11 - Film Liberation Unit, University of Louisville - Louisville, KY
Apr 18, 19 & 24 - Minneapolis-St. Paul International Film Festival - Minneapolis, MN
May 19 - Alamo Drafthouse Winchester - Winchester, VA
June 29-July 5: Ragtag Cinema - Columbia, MO
July 8: Hopkins Center for the Arts at Dartmouth - Hanover, NH