Magazine article Screen International

Q&A: Hong Sangsoo on Having Two Films in Cannes This Year

Magazine article Screen International

Q&A: Hong Sangsoo on Having Two Films in Cannes This Year

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Korean film-maker and Cannes regular talks The Day After and Claire's Camera.

To date, Korean auteur Hong Sangsoo has had a total of eight films at Cannes, including his debut feature The Power Of Kangwon Province in the 1998 Un Certain Regard sidebar; Hahaha, which won the 2010 Un Certain Regard Prize; and 2012's In Another Country, starring Isabelle Huppert, which was in Competition.

This year, he returns with two features, his ninth and tenth at the festival - The Day After in Competition, starring Kim Minhee who won the best actress prize at the Berlinale with her role in Hong's On The Beach At Night Alone, and Claire's Camera, also starring Kim and featuring Huppert, in Special Screenings.

You finance and produce all your films with your own company, Jeonwonsa Film Co. How do you manage that?

It's difficult but it's something I have to do to lower the production costs. And my films usually do not do lots of international presales.

On The Beach At Night Alone deals with a well-known actress who is getting over a scandalous affair with a director. Since its production, you and Kim Minhee have been quite public about your love for each other.

Maybe I use personal details more than others, and my films must reflect something about myself, but I don't intend them to be a representation of 'my life' or 'part of my life'. …

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