Hong Sangsoo’s The Woman who Ran which made its world premiere last week in competition at the 70th Berlinale, where it won the Silver Bear for Best Director has been acquired by Cinema Guild for release in the U.S. It will mark the seventh film directed by Hong that Cinema Guild has released.
Hong’s twenty-fourth feature, The Woman who Ran follows Gamhee (Kim Minhee), who has three separate encounters with friends while her husband is on a business trip. Youngsoon (Seo Younghwa) is divorced, has given up meat and likes to garden in her backyard. Suyoung (Song Seonmi) has a crush on her architect neighbor and is being hounded by a young poet she met at the bar. Woojin (Kim Saebyuk) works for a movie theater. Their meeting is polite, but strained. Before long, their shared history bubbles to the surface.
With characteristic humor and grace, Hong takes a simple premise and spins a web of interconnecting philosophies and coincidences. The Woman Who Ran is a subtle, powerful look at dramas small and large faced by women everywhere.
“We’re so pleased to be working with Hong Sangsoo again to bring The Woman Who Ran to U.S. audiences,” said Cinema Guild President Peter Kelly. “Once again Hong has delivered a truly original work that’s sure attract new fans while delighting the die-hards.”