• Western



Cinema Guild acquires Hong Sangsoo's On the Beach at Night Alone and Claire's Camera

NEW YORK, NY- Cinema Guild announced today the acquisition of all U.S.distribution rights to two of Hong Sangsoo's latest films: Berlin prize winner On the Beach at Night Alone and Cannes entry Claire's Camera, starring Isabelle Huppert. On the Beach at Night Alone will open in November in at Film Society of Linc.oln Center and Metrograph in New York. Claire's Camera will be released theatrically in early 2018.

The films are the 19th and 20th features from Hong Sangsoo, who has seen three of his films premiere in 2017.

On the Beach at Night Alone stars Kim Minhee (The Handmaiden, Right Now, Wrong Then)—in the role that won her the Silver Bear for best actress at the Berlin International Film Festival—as an actress named Younghee reeling in the aftermath of an affair with a married film director. Art imitates life in typical Hong fashion (the prolific auteur's real life affair with Kim has recently stirred up a media frenzy in Korea), but On the Beach at Night Alone sees him confronting his person al 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 a quietly devastating reflection on loneliness and love lost.

In Claire’ s Camera, a philandering film director is again a major plot point and Kim Minhee, again the star. But this time the mood is light and airy as a summer breeze, thanks in large part to a lively performance from Isabelle Huppert (The Piano Teacher, Elle). Huppert plays Claire, a school teacher with a camera that might be magical on her first visit to Cannes. She happens upon a film sales assistant, Manhee (Kim), recently fired from her job and also meets So Wansoo (Jung Jinyoung), a film director whose one-night stand with Manhee was the reason for her firing. Beneath the humor and charm on the surface of Claire's Camera, Hong explores the power of images to transform us. “The only way to change things,” says Claire, “is to look at them again very slowly.”

"Here at Cinema Guild, we have been longtime admirers of Hong Sangsoo’s films," said Cinema Guild Director of Distribution Peter Kelly. "This year has been an exciting one for Hong fans and with the release of these two incredible new works, we will continue to build his fanbase."

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

Cinema Guild is a premier distributor of world cinema, independent films and documentaries, whose upcoming releases include Theo Anthony's Rat Film and Film and Valeska Grisebach’s Western.. Recent theatrical releases include Jérôme Reybaud’s 4 Days in France, Albert Serra's The Death of Louis XIV, Asghar Farhadi's About Elly and Lisandro Alonso's Jauja.

For press inquiries, please contact us at:

(212) 685-6242 or press at cinemaguild dot com


© 2015 Cinema Guild
2803 Ocean Avenue | Brooklyn, NY 11229 | (800) 723-5522 | (212) 685-6242 | info@cinemaguild.com