Part of SFFILM Festival
While stranded overnight in a remote temple town, middle-aged couple Eun-ju and Heung-ju are cast adrift with strangers in a mysterious environment. The objective of the couple’s visit was to try and capture the spark of their younger years but it instead unfolds as an inquiry into the current state of their relationship, in the conversational vein of master directors Hong Sang-soo and Abbas Kiarostami. The evocative wintry setting and enigmatic origins of the subsidiary characters add just the right element of Shakespearean magical realism to Jang Woo-jin’s intimate, moving story.
“Hitting emotional grace notes that belie his relatively tender years, 33-year-old South Korean auteur/director Jang Woo-jin offers a bittersweet rumination on love, marriage, and midlife disillusionment in this quietly enchanting third feature … The film’s visual grammar is poised and precise, but understated enough to serve the story above all else. Jang and cinematographer Yang Jeong-hoon favor still, empty, symmetrical composition, marking scene divisions with painted historical tableaux. The nocturnal setting, with its frozen waterfalls and neon-lit snowscapes, lends an alluringly alien beauty to this Midwinter Night’s Dream.” – Stephen Dalton, The Hollywood Reporter
Winter’s Night is Jang Woo-jin’s third feature. He debuted with A Fresh Start (2014), winner of the Grand Prize in the Korean Film Competition at the Jeonju Film Festival. That was followed by Autumn, Autumn (2016).
Premiere North American
Country South Korea
Director Jang Woo-jin
Producer Kim Dae-hwan
Writer Jang Woo-jin
Editor Jang Woo-jin
Cinematographer Yang Jeong-hoon
Cast Seo Young-hwa, Yang Heung-ju, Lee Sang-hee
Original Language Title Gyeo-wul-ba-me