Hotel By the River


The Main 1 Fri, Apr 5, 2019 2:00 PM
The Main 5 Mon, Apr 8, 2019 5:00 PM
Ticket Prices
General Public:$15.00
Youth (25 & Under/Box Office Only):$8.00
Film Info
Programs:Asian Frontiers
Tags:Comedy Drama
Asian Interest
Romantic Comedy
Release Year:2018
Runtime:96 min
Festivals & Awards:Locarno Film Festival - Leopard for Best Actor: Ki Joo-bong
Country/Region:South Korea
Website:Official Website
Print Source:Cinema Guild
Director:Hong Sang-soo
Executive Producer:Hong Sang-soo
Producer:Jeonwonsa Film
Cinematographer:Kim Hyung-koo
Screenwriter:Hong Sang-soo
Editor:Son Yeon-ji
Principal Cast:Ki Joo-bong
Kim Min-hee
Song Seon-mi
Kwon Hae-hyo
Yu Jun-sang
Filmography:The Day a Pig Fell Into a Well (1996)
Night and Day (2008)
The Day He Arrives (2011)
Right Now
Wrong Then (2015)


South Korean auteur Hong Sang-Soo's latest feature delivers yet another casual meditation on life, love, family and aging as two stories intersect at a quiet hotel on next to the Han River. In the first, a poet past his prime, Young-hwan, believes that he is heading towards an untimely death and has invited his estranged adult sons to meet him at the hotel. In the second, a young women, Sang-hee, has retreated to the solitude of the hotel to mend a broken heart with a close friend. Mired in their own minor tragedies, their paths cross and cross again but not without Hong's signature awkwardness and humor that brilliantly underscores the charm and absurdity of humans as social beings.

Director Biography

Hong Sang-soo

South Korean writer and director Hong Sang-Soo studied film at California College of Arts and Crafts and the Chicago Art Institute. At the age of 35, he made his directorial debut with The Day A Pig Fell Into The Well (96). Hotel By the River is his 23rd feature film.


"[O]ne of Hong’s most unexpectedly poignant works, self-reflexive in a way that feels searching rather than rote" - New York Times