Hong Sang-soo The novelist’s film is the winner of the Silver Bear Grand Jury Prize at the Berlin International Film Festival. This is the third consecutive year that the Korean director has returned from the festival with an award.
Hong won a Silver Bear at the Berlinale in 2020 for Best Film Director The running woman and it won Best Screenplay for introduction in 2021.
The novelist’s film, which stars Lee Hye-young and Kim Min-hee, tells the story of a famous novelist who meets a famous actress she used to know. They spend time discussing his creativity and stalled filmmaking. The novelist is bogged down by writer’s breakdown and plans to make a film. Hong wrote and directed the script, filming and editing the film as well.
The 92-minute film is the 27th feature film by Hong, who made his directorial debut at age 35 with the film The day the pig fell into the well. His 2004 film Women are men’s future is his first film to be screened in competition at the Cannes Film Festival. His film portfolio includes On the beach at night alone, Claire’s camera, you and yours, the day after, the woman running and In front of your face.
Director M. Night Shyamalan presided over the jury and hailed Hong’s film as opening up a “boundless realm of imagination”. Hong and actress Kim Min-hee accepted the award together. The director and actress have worked together for seven years since directing Right now wrong then in 2015.
Finecut has acquired the international rights to The novelist’s film in January.