Director Hong Sang-soo’s new film “Night and Day” will participate in the competition of the 58th Berlin International Film Festival, which opens on Feb 7, the only Korean film to be screened in competition.
Starring actors Kim Young-ho and Lee Seon-gyoon and actresses Park Eun-hye and Hwang Soo-jung, the film is about the relationships among a Korean artist (Kim Young-ho) who won a national competition but fled to Paris for unknown reasons, his wife (Hwang Soo-jung), an art student studying in Paris (Park Eun-hye) and a North Korean student there (Lee Seon-gyoon). The film was shot in Paris last summer and Paris serves as the setting for 90 percent of the movie. Final touches are being added in Seoul. It will premiere at Berlin.
Hong has been in competition at the Cannes Film Festival with “Woman is the Future of Man” and “The Tale of Cinema.” Another movie “Woman on the Beach” was invited to the Panorama program at Berlin.
Some 20 films will compete in this year’s Berlin festival. Among them, four are from Asia. The three others are “Kabei-Our Mother” by Japan’s Yoji Yamada, “Sparrow” by Hong Kong’s Du Qifeng and “In Love We Trust” by Wang Xiaoshuai.