Hong Sangsoo is one of the most accomplished and prolific auteurs in cinema today. The Day He Arrives, which was in official selection at the Un Certain Regard in Cannes, concerns a film director who no longer makes films, Seongjun, who arrives in Seoul to to meet a close friend. When the friend doesn’t show up, Seongjun wanders the city aimlessly. He runs into an actress he used to know, shares a drink with some film students and against his better judgment, heads to his ex-girlfriend’s apartment. The next day goes very much like the last; Seongjun meets the actress, has drinks with friends, and falls for woman who looks remarkably like his ex-girlfriend. Each new day plays out like a flimsy copy of the previous one, but only Seongjun knows why. Infused with a playfulness and dry wit that recalls the films of Woody Allen and Eric Rohmer, The Day He Arrives is a delightful meditation on relationships, filmmaking, and the unknowable forces that govern our lives. (In Korean with English subtitles).
OFFICIAL SELECTION: Cannes Film Festival Un Certain Regard “ONE OF THE LOVLIEST, LIGHTEST FILMS AT CANNES, pensive yet often swept by quiet pleasures.”-Daniel Kasman, Mubi.com