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HILL OF FREEDOM Makes New Yorker End of Year List

Dec 15, 2014
  • Writerby Pierce Conran
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Deemed One of 10 Best Undistributed Films of 2014
 
 
Richard Brody, who runs the Front Row column on newyorker.com, has listed HONG Sangsoo’s latest work Hill of Freedom in his annual rundown on the best films of the year. While not released in North American theaters this year, Brody ranked the film among his 10 favorite undistributed films of 2014.
 
Following its premiere in the Orizzonti competition of the Venice International Film Festival, Hill of Freedom has exhibited a similar popularity on the festival circuits as HONG’s recent works, garnering invitations to the Toronto, Busan, Vancouver, New York and BFI London Film Festivals, among others.
 
The film features Japanese star KASE Ryo as man who travels to Seoul to reconnect with an old flame. While he waits for a response to his letters, he meets many people including a cafe owner play by MOON So-ri.
 
The film was listed along with new works by Spike LEE (Da Sweet Blood of Jesus) and TSAI Ming-liang (Journey to the West). Bordy also mentioned that HONG’s 2013 works Nobody’s Daughter Haewon and Our Sunhi are also lacking American distribution.
In 2012, Brody chose HONG’s Oki’s Movie (2010) as his fourth favourite film of the year, with two more of his works, In Another Country (2012) and The Day He Arrives (2011), appearing further down the list.
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