For those familiar with Hong Sang-soo’s earlier efforts, »Hill of Freedom« will come as no surprise. Shot with simple digital technology, Hong’s aesthetics might at first seem overtly straightforward until one notices his curious devices. The director’s narrative playfulness is just as inspired in this film as it was when Isabelle Huppert lived through three versions of one day in Sang-soo’s »In Another Country«. As in that film, »Hill of Freedom« centers on a foreigner, this time the Japanese Mori whose relationship with Kwon is retold through a series of letters written from him to her. However, as the bundle of undated letters get mixed up, their love story is presented in the fragmentary order that Kwon reads them.

This theme of (mis)communication is further emphasized through the constant use of English as a lingua franca leading to misunderstandings that take on a life of their own. Hong being a longtime favorite at Stockholm Film Festival, his new film will prove a delightful reunion for those who can’t get enough of endless drinking sessions and rambling conversations.

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Title
Hill of Freedom
Director
Hong Sang-soo
Country
South Korea
Length
66 min
Festival
2014
Section
Asian Images
Language
English, Korean
Subtitle
English
Premiere status
Nordic Premiere
Production year
2014
Original title
Jayueui onduk
Cast
Ryo Kase, Sori Moon, Younghwa Seo, Euisung Kim
Producer
Kyounghee Kim
Script
Hong Sang-soo
Music
Yongjin Jeong

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