Saturday, May 18 | 5:30 pm
Sunday, May 19 | 2 pm
No less than the fifth new Hong Sang-soo-directed film (Claire’s Camera, Hotel by the River) to premiere at OKCMOA since the beginning of 2018, Grass is in many ways the most original—and one of the most purely pleasurable. Hong staple Kim Min-hee (On the Beach at Night Alone) sits behind her laptop in a pleasant coffee shop, perhaps listening in on a series of private conversations that fall somewhere between the serious and the mundane. The owner of the café scores his establishment with his own classical musical soundtrack, lending additional elegance to this airy divertissement. Light and easygoing, but not insubstantial, the film’s minimalist narrative structure encourages metafictional questions about the lead actress’s relationship, as co-creator, to the on-screen encounters she observes. A major highlight of 2018’s magnificent Berlinale Forum, Grass is a must-see work by Korea’s leading director—and the last of Hong’s recently completed films to reach American screens.
Director Hong Sang-soo | 2018 | In Korean with English subtitles | 68 minutes | NR | DCP