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Film Series: Runs & Limited Engagements


2018, Hong Sang-soo, South Korea, 66 min.
With Kim Min-hee, Jung Jin-young

Show Times

  • Fri, May 17th 2:00pm
  • Fri, May 17th 6:00pm
  • Sat, May 18th 5:30pm
  • Sun, May 19th 3:15pm
  • Mon, May 20th 6:00pm
  • Tue, May 21st 8:30pm
  • Wed, May 22nd 6:15pm
  • Thu, May 23rd 8:30pm
Chicago premiere!

"A beguiling 66-minute charmer"—Eric Kohn, Indiewire

"An exquisite hangout movie"—Simran Hans, Sight & Sound

The prolific writer-director (and SAIC alumnus) Hong, three of whose recent films (CLAIRE'S CAMERA, THE DAY AFTER, HOTEL BY THE RIVER) have played here during the past year, returns with another playful discourse on the vagaries of love, art, and self-awareness. GRASS, whose title remains a mystery, is more compact yet wider-ranging than Hong's other recent works. The action is set mainly in a quiet back-alley coffee shop, where a roundelay of one-on-one male-female conversations mirror each other with overlapping themes of suicide, frustrated creativity, and comically spurned advances by the men. Eavesdropping in a corner is Areum (Kim Min-hee, Hong's key collaborator on his recent films), typing away on her laptop and embellishing the overheard conversations with purpler prose. Are these conversations actually products of Areum's imagination, perhaps different drafts and variations from the author's workshop? Midway through, Areum crosses the line from detached observer to involved participant, expanding and complicating Hong's self-reflexive, slyly nuanced chamber-piece. In Korean with English subtitles. DCP digital. (MR)

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