The Film Foundation has acquired the North American distribution rights for the latest feature by Korean artist Hong Sangsoo Go up. The film is scheduled to have its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival in September and will also compete at the San Sebastián International Film Festival. The Motion Picture Association says it plans to release Go up hits theaters in 2023 – after the company releases another Hong’s title in 2022, Novelist’s filmThis waterfall.
Go up stars Kwon Haehyo – making his 9th appearance in a Hong film – as a film director who accompanies his daughter Jeongsu (Park Miso) to a building owned by an old friend (Lee). Hyeyoung). After a tour involving the structure, the director stepped outside to take a work call, only to return to the old location, albeit booked at a different time.
With Go upHong returned to interest in structure, a defining characteristic of her work. But this time the structure is a literal structure. As Byunsgoo makes his way up the building’s floors, Hong fills these spaces with a myriad of everyday details related to art, love, career, religion, dietary decisions, and home renovations.
“With each new film, Hong Sangsoo continues to find new ways to surprise and delight us,” said Motion Picture Association president Peter Kelly. “We can’t wait to see the audience’s reaction to Walk Up, Hong’s outstanding and impressive original film.”
This deal was negotiated by Kelly and Youngjoo Suh of Finecut apparel sales in Korea.