Hotel by the River

Hong Sang-soo



Length: 96min

Country: South Korea


D, G: Hong Sang-soo
F: Kim Hyung-koo
E: Son Yeon-ji
S: Kim Mir
P: Jo Hee-young
CP: Jeonwonsa Film
I: Ki Joo-bong, Kim Min-hee, Song Seon-mi, Kwon Hae-hyo, Yu Jun-sang



As it does not tend to take place in the work of director Hong Sang-soo, his newest film speaks about death, though it does so in an almost serene and metaphysical way. A renowned poet reunites with his sons –one of them a filmmaker– in the place that is referred to by the title to tell them that, without any specific reason, he believes that soon he will die. This story intersects with that of a young woman who seeks refuge in the hotel after a painful separation. Hotel by the River shows a calmness that is accentuated by a snowfall that seems eternal, not always present in the cinema of Hong, thought his black and white photography, his habitual zooms, his lovingly sad (and sadly loving) dialogues, and his personal references make it clear that this is another great film by one of the few true masters of contemporary cinema.

Marcelo Alderete 

Hong Sang-soo


2018 Grass
2017 The Day After
2012 In Another Country
2010 Hahaha

Born in Seoul in 1960, Hong Sangsoo made his debut in 1996 and since then has directed 23 features including Our Sunhi (2013; 28th Festival), Hill of Freedom (2014; 29th Festival), Right Now, Wrong Then (2015; 30th Festival) and Claire’s Camera (2017; 32th Festival). 


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